Shabaab claims capturing Kenyan soldiers

2016-01-17 16:27
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Mogadishu - The Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab says it captured some Kenyan soldiers during its attack on Friday on a base of African Union peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia.

On Sunday four wounded Kenyan soldiers were airlifted back home, but Kenyan officials gave no death toll.

Kenyan Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo told reporters that there is an ongoing search, rescue and recovery operation in the area where the attack happened.

In a statement on Sunday, al-Shabaab claimed the number of dead Kenyan troops had risen to 100. It was not possible to verify that figure.

The al-Shabaab statement also said that its fighters seized armaments and military vehicles.

Al-Shabaab, which opposes Kenya's military involvement in Somalia and describes the Kenyans as invaders, has carried out many deadly attacks inside Kenyan territory.

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