Somali extremists kill nine Kenyan soldiers

Published: May 08, 2018 10:08:42 | Updated: May 10, 2018 16:34:45

A Kenya Defence Force soldier runs for cover near the perimeter wall where attackers are holding up at a campus in Garissa April 2, 2015. Reuters.

Extremists carried out an attack on Kenyan soldiers’ patrol car in Somalia, leaving nine troops dead, says Kenya’s president.

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the soldiers who were killed Sunday evening in an al-Shabab attack in Dhobley, Somalia.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed and wounded 15 soldiers, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups.

An AP report says Kenyan troops are part of an African Union force bolstering Somalia’s weak government against an insurgency by the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has carried out numerous attacks on Kenya since October 2011, saying it is retribution for Kenya sending troops to fight the militants in Somalia.

Last week the group was suspected in the killing of four non-Muslims working at a quarry in Mandera county in northern Kenya.

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