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Kenya shares a 681-kilometer porous border with Somalia which is prone to Al-Shabaab attacks that affected the trade, transport, and security in the northeastern region inhabited by Somali people.
MOGADISHU, Somalia – At least four Kenyan soldiers have been wounded in Somalia’s Jubaland state on Tuesday after a bomb and ambush by Al-Shabaab militants, the latest in a string of raids on AU troops.
The Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group said that a convoy carrying KDF soldiers came under gun and IED attack in the vicinity of Raskamboni town in the Lower Juba region, sparking an hour-long gunfight.
No deaths were reported or details about the attack from the Kenyan military. The troops were ambushed as they fetched water from a nearby village and headed back to their base, according to the residents.
The incident happened near the Somalia-Kenya border, the epicenter of Al-Shabaab hit-and-run attacks in revenge for KDF’s deployment to the neighboring country in 2011 to be part of the AU military mission.
Since then, the terrorist group launched high-profile attacks in Kenya, including Westgate Mall, Garissa University, and DusitD2 hotel, where hundreds of people were killed in the worst sieges in the country.
In January 2020, Al-Shabaab targeted a main U.S. military base in Lamu country in Kenya, killing three Americans and destroying a number of aircraft. The terror attack raised eyebrows in East Africa.
Kenya shares a 681-kilometer porous border with Somalia which is prone to Al-Shabaab attacks that affected the trade, transport, and security in the northeastern region inhabited by Somali people. KDF paid the price for their involvement in the AMISOM after suffering a high toll of deaths in the El-Adde and Kulbiyow attacks.