Kenya military blames al shabaab for civilian deaths

Remnants of war: Mortar shell from the Kenya military air strike in Kismayu

Kenya military has denied reports by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) that they have killed five civilians in an IDP camp.

MSF yesterday reported that at least five civilians were killed by military bombardment in  Southern Somalia.

“MSF can confirm 5 casualties; and is currently treating 45 wounded,31 of whom are children.The lesser number is due to people dismissed from hospital since last night,” a statement from MSF website claims.

But the Kenya military spokesman Emanuel Chirchir in his statement said the Kenya jets were not responsible for the said deaths.

“We wish to clarify that the incident at the IDP camp developed following enemy actions in the area. Upon the aerial attack, an Al Shabaab driver drove off a technical battle wagon mounted with a ZSU 2-3 anti-aircraft gun, towards the IDP camp. The wagon was on fire and laden with explosives, it exploded while at the camp causing the reported deaths and injuries,” said Chirchir.

The Air force Raid left 10 Al Shabaab killed and 47 wounded. The camp was close to an IDP Camp. The army reported that there was no collateral damage reported.

Read full military statement here

On 30th October 2011, at around 1400hrs a Kenya Air Force jet hit a known Al Shabaab camp at JILIB following a tip off  that a top Al Shabaab commander was visiting the camp. 10 Al Shabaab were killed and 47 wounded with no collateral damage.

Attention of the Ministry of State for Defence has been drawn to a press statement issued by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) office stationed in Marere, lower Juba of Southern Somalia. They reported of an aerial bombardment at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp killing 3 and injuring 52 women and children.

We wish to clarify that the incident at the IDP camp developed following enemy actions in the area. Upon the aerial attack an Al Shabaab driver drove off a technical battle wagon mounted with a ZSU 2-3 anti aircraft gun, towards the IDP camp. The wagon was on fire and laden with explosives, it exploded while at the camp causing the reported deaths and injuries.

We are reaching out to the MSF personnel on ground to ascertain this turn of events.

 Sector South:  On 30th October 2011 the Kenya Navy ship hit three skiffs. Battlefield damage assessment to follow.

KDF is encouraged with the continued positive and objective reporting by both the Local and International media, we also wish to thank the people of Kenya for the continued support they have shown to our soldiers

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