Kenya forces to push into Somalia

2011-12-13 21:20
Ras Kamboni - Kenyan troops and their Somali allies say they will push deeper into insurgent-controlled territory in Somalia now that rains have stopped.

Mohamed Ibrahim Farah, the spokesperson for a Kenyan-allied Somali militia at Somalia's southern tip, said on Tuesday that troops would move within the week.

A Somali militia that was partly trained and funded by Kenya captured the ramshackle town of Ras Kamboni about a month ago after al-Shabab insurgents withdrew.

Kenyan Major Seif Said Rashid said the local population urgently needs humanitarian aid after the country was affected by drought and famine.

Kenya crossed the border into Somalia in an offensive against al-Shabab in October after Somali gunmen carried out several kidnappings, including of four Europeans, in Kenya.
Read more on:    kenya  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  security

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