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Kenya Bombs al-Shabaab Camps in Somalia

Kenya Bombs al-Shabaab Camps  in SomaliaKenya Bombs al-Shabaab Camps  in Somalia

The Kenyan air force bombed two al-Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) source said, in the first major military response to last week’s attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university, Reuters reported.

Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, the military source said on Monday. Cloud cover made it difficult to establish how much damage the bombings caused or estimate the death toll.

“We targeted the two areas because according to information we have, those (al-Shabaab) fellows are coming from there to attack Kenya,” he said.

Kenya has struggled to stop the flow of al-Shabaab militants and weapons across its porous 700 km border with Somalia.

Al-Shabaab militants have killed more than 400 people in Kenya since April 2013.

An African Union peacekeeping force that includes Kenyan troops, and which is fighting the group in Somalia, carried out arrests and seized ammunitions in an al-Shabaab camp in Gondodowe last August.

  Official’s Son in Kenyan Massacre

One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country.

Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed by security forces Thursday along with the three other militants who stormed Garissa University College, was the son of a government chief in Mandera County, which borders Somalia, Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press.

The chief had reported his son missing last year and feared he had gone to Somalia, Njoka said.

 

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