A government official in Kenya reports that Kenyan security forces have killed ten al-Shabab fighters in the country’s eastern region.
Deputy county commissioner Thomas Bett of the Bura East sub-county reported on Thursday that after combating the group on Wednesday in the village of Galmagalla in Garissa county, they found rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices.
He spoke with the Reuters news agency and said, “Our multi-agency team carried out the operation to flush out the Somalia militants’ group in the region, and [it] managed to neutralise 10 Islamist group militants and recover assault weapons.”
Attempts to contact al-Shabab spokespeople were unsuccessful.
For years, the al-Qaeda branch has infiltrated Kenya to get the country to pull its troops out of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that is assisting the Somali government in its war against the group.
Even though the number and intensity of Al-Shabab attacks have decreased in recent years, they have affected eastern Kenya’s security forces, schools, vehicles, towns, and telecommunications infrastructure.
In 2013, 67 people were killed in an attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi.
For almost a decade, al-Shabab has fought to overthrow Somalia’s central government and instal an Islamic theocracy based on its strict interpretation of the religion’s canonical texts.
Their truck hit a roadside bomb in Garissa county last week, killing four employees of the Kenyan Highways Authority. On Tuesday, a rocket-propelled grenade killed one person when it struck a convoy in the same area.