KENYA: KDF NAVAL ARTILLERY EXCHANGE IN KISMAYO WATERS: “14 AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS NEUTRALISED” – SPOKESMAN; CDF SAYS “WILL TAKE KISMAYO IN AUGUST”

Colonel Cyrus Oguna

Colonel Cyrus Oguna

CAPITAL FM
May 30, 2012
NAIROBI, Kenya

Fourteen Al Shabaab militants were killed when Kenya Defense Forces attacked a seaport watch station used by the terrorist gang Tuesday. The attack occurred when a KDF Navy ship was conducting routine sea patrol in the vicinity of the port of Kismayu, the Kenya Military said.

“14 Al Shabaab militants were neutralised and 10 others injured
when a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF)
Naval ship engaged the militants at
an Al Shabaab seaport watch station
yesterday,” Col Cyrus Oguna, the Information Operations Officer said in
a statement. He said the militants were killed when they shot at the military warship, prompting a fierce gun battle. “The militants opened fire at the ship
prompting retaliatory naval gunship
fire. During the engagement two onshore structures were also destroyed” Oguna said.

Earlier in the day, Chief of General Staff General Julius Karangi had said there was an encounter that was underway and pledged to provide details much later. The statement from his office said
some 20 Al Shabaab militants had also surrendered to KDF with 13 AK 47 rifles at Fafadun within Gedo region. It said KDF’s objective in Somalia remains to degrade the Al Shabaab capacity and capability to a level that they will no longer be a threat to the Kenyan citizenry or the Somali public.

“Part of the efforts to achieve this objective has been regular patrols
along the Indian Ocean by KDF Naval
ships to safeguard the territorial waters against seaborne and landborne threats,” Oguna said.

General Karangi has revealed the KDF
forces are working out on a plan jointly with other AMISOM forces to storm Kismayu by August this year.

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2 Responses to KENYA: KDF NAVAL ARTILLERY EXCHANGE IN KISMAYO WATERS: “14 AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS NEUTRALISED” – SPOKESMAN; CDF SAYS “WILL TAKE KISMAYO IN AUGUST”

  1. beegeagle says:

    WE’LL TAKE KISMAYU BY AUGUST –KARANGI

    CAPITAL FM
    May 30, 2012
    NAIROBI

    Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces Julius Karangi now says AMISOM troops are working out a plan to capture their key target of Kismayu in Somalia by August this year.

    Karangi said the port of Kismayu could have been captured a long time ago, were it not for other forces under the African Union Mission for Somalia(AMISOM) from other countries who have taken long to take their positions. “We hear all manner of voices… that when is KDF going to capture Kismayu and we agreed that it is going to be captured by all the troops who are participating in AMISOM, including KDF,” he said.

    “So the issue of Kismayu today,Kismayu tomorrow is neither here nor there but it is going to come. It was resolved early this year that Kismayu is going to be an AMISOM agenda,” the General said, and urged for patience from critics who feel the troops are taking too long to hit the target. “This target will happen before August when the TFG (Transitional Federal Government of Somalia) mandate expires,”

    Karangi said when briefing a US delegation led by Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware and US Ambassador Scott Gration who called on Internal
    Security Minister Professor George Saitoti at his Harambee House office.

    Karangi said Kenya was ready to capture Kismayu as its troops were only seven kilometres from the Indian Ocean port town. He said the delay to capture Kismayu has also been occasioned by each of the troops involved wanting to take pride of being the ones who have seized the key target but they have now resolved to move in together.

    “Kismayu happens to be in the sector
    that Kenya occupies, that is sector 2, but for reasons that are beyond Kenya it was agreed that it will be captured by all of us. This is in writing. There is some sense of pride, by the other AMISOM members to feel like they had a slice of Kismayu and this is what I gather and that is okay. But in the meantime, we continue to exert pressure on Al Shabaab, we are only seven kilometres short of Kismayu at sea,” he said.

    Karangi said they are making great strides in the war, although they have
    lost 12 soldiers since October 2011
    when Kenyan forces crossed into the
    wartorn country.

    KDF soldiers crossed into Somalia last
    year and have been pushing deep into
    the wartorn country, capturing most
    regions occupied by Al Shabaab.

    Senator Coons and Ambassador Gration pledged more support to the AMISOM troops so as to stabilise the nation.

  2. doziex says:

    Well well well, Hmmm, KDF is waiting on the UPDF, who have their hands full in mogadishu and it’s environs; to take kismayo ??

    One would think that the KDF would be eager to prove to the more combat experienced UPDF and ethiopian army that they are not the “paper tiger” museveni often chides them as being.

    But if the KDF is truely saving a piece of the kismayo action for the benefit of the already battle proven ethiopians and ugandans, then I would say it is a victory for african “ego-free” brotherly cooperation. However unlikely.

    One would recall that during WW2, the rivalry between the british field marshall Montgomery and the american general George Patton governed every allied operation in the war.

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