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Kenyan forces in Somalia suffered losses in Al-Shabaab attacks on their bases in Jubaland, including the El-Ade raid that left hundreds of soldiers dead.
KISMAYO, Somalia - A heavy fighting was reported in Somalia's southern Lower Jubba region between Kenyan troops serving under the African Union Mission and Al-Shabaab fighters.
The battle came after Al-Shabaab members reportedly attacked a Kenyan military base in Hosingow town. Residents said they heard gunfire from both sides, and that there were casualties.
The Kenyan troops fought off the ambush attack and pushed back the militants during the gunfight that last for several hours last night. The details of the losses on both sides remain sketchy.
Kenyan forces in Somalia suffered losses in Al-Shabaab attacks on their bases in Jubaland, including the El-Ade raid that left hundreds of soldiers dead while several were taken as hostages.
The KDF crossed into Somalia in 2011 for intervention triggered by the militant group's kidnapping of two foreign tourists in Lamu county and aid workers in Dadaab near the Kenyan-Somalia border.
A year later, the Kenyan troops were incorporated into the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), a force formed to help Somalia stabilize and fight Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab.