Al-Shabab Overruns Kenyan Base

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    Kenyan base overrun in Somalia



    Contrary to what was claimed by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), a Kenyan base in Somalia was overrun on 27 January, photographs released by the militant group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen have shown.

    The attack came almost exactly a year after the KDF suffered its worst defeat in Somalia when another base was overrun in similar circumstances.

    The KDF released a statement on 27 January saying that Kenyan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) had "fiercely engaged an Al-Shabaab group" that had attacked their base in Kulbiyow , close to the Kenyan border in Lower Jubba province, earlier that day.

    "In the dawn attack, Al-Shabaab tried to access the camp using a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED). KDF soldiers repulsed the terrorists killing scores," KDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna said in the statement.

    In a second statement released later on 27 January, Lt Col Njuguna said two SVBIEDs had been used and admitted that nine KDF soldiers - including two officers - had been killed and another 15 injured and evacuated. He added that more than 70 Al-Shabaab fighters had been killed and that a quick reaction force (QRF) supported by aircraft had arrived at Kulbiyow and was pursuing the fleeing militants.

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