KDF kill 200 al shabaab in Miido,Somalia
More than 200 bodies of al-shabaab fighters have been discovered between Miido and Janay Cabdalla towns in Somalia reports Citizen TV. AMISOM troops led by Kenya Defense Forces said the decaying bodies were discovered in trenches on Wednesday after al shabaab fighters retreated towards Bibi town following three days of heavy fighting.
The 200 were killed during a fierce exchange last Friday where five KDF soldiers died. AMISOM had put the death toll of the al shabaab at just 68.
Military sources from the frontline told Citizen TV the militants were killed after warplanes bombed their defense lines. KDF Information Operations Officer Col. Cyrus Oguna said since last week’s battle that left more than 106 militants and five KDF soldiers dead, fighter jets and helicopter gunships have been bombarding al-shabaab defenses in Miidow, Jana Cabdala and Harobole.
“During the capture of Miido, 5 of our soldiers were injured and are undergoing treatment in Garissa and Nairobi. Another 5 went missing in combat. We however managed to recover three bodies of the missing five, the other two are believed to have been taken to Kismayu by the militants.” Col. Oguna said.
He said a social medium supporting the Al Shabaab have posted pictures of KDF and allied forces soldiers killed in the combat. Col. Oguna said this was an outward sign of Alshabaab’s inhumane face and the extent of their barbaric character. “These acts amongst other atrocities advocated for by the group continue to assure our troops that the cause to rid Somalia of the Al Shabaab is worthy and for the good of all,” Col. Oguna said.
He added that the capture of Miido was an important operation and the Chief of the Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi has paid tribute to the bravery of KDF soldiers who were involved. And as guns continue blazing in Jana Cabdalla, Miido and Afmadow, KDF Naval ships and helicopter gunships are shelling al-shabaab’s positions in the port city of Kismayo. The attacks have destroyed sniper positions, artillery and anti-aircraft guns positions.
In Afmadow dozens of al-shabaab fighters and their senior commanders have surrendered to KDF and TFG. “We have more than 200 fighters and their senior commanders in our custody,” a senior military officer in Afmadow said.