May 30, 2012
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.