The Kenyan military said Thursday that it killed 51 Al-Shabaab terrorists, including commanders, in a battle in Somalia, according to Daily Nation. According to reports, the fighting took place at 3am in Jungal, about 40 kilometres from Bardhere in the Gedo region.
Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo said among those killed were “middle-level commanders” who were responsible for terror attacks in Mandera. “Jungal was one of the main Al-Shabaab planning and operations bases, which has seen an increase in militia activities recently. The strike is therefore a major setback to the militants,” he said in a statement. Colonel Obonyo reportedly described it as a “major artillery bombardment”.
Daily Nation says this happened barely 24 hours after seven other Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed in a battle with Kenyan soldiers in Lagolie, a small township near Elade, also in the Gedo region.