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Monday 26 May 2014 19:20

Two Kenyan soldiers killed in suspected Shebab attack

Nairobi (KON) - Two Kenyan soldiers were killed Monday when militants from Somalia's Shebab rebels ambushed a military convoy near Lamu on the Kenya-Somalia border, reports said.

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The soldiers were attacked while transporting food supplies to a military camp across the border, the Nation newspaper said, adding that several other soldiers were also wounded.

Kenyan military officials only confirmed that some of their troops were hurt and said one of the attackers was killed.

"Our officers are in hot pursuit of the other attackers, who fled following the shoot-out," Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Willy Wesonga told AFP.

The attack took place near Ras Kamboni on the Kenya-Somalia border, he added.

Kenyan troops crossed into southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Shebab, later joining the now 22,000-strong United Nations-mandated African Union force battling the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists.

Since then, the east African nation has suffered a string of attacks, including one on the Westgate mall in September 2013 in which 67 people were killed.

AFP

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