Kenyan troops kill 21 al-Shabab militants in ambush in Somalia

A Kenyan military official on Wednesday said Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 21 suspected al-Shabab extremists who were plotting an ambush in southern Somalia.


Military spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said a lone gunman shot at the Kenyan troops on Tuesday and fled while the troops were on the way to Tabda. Obonyo said the troops searched the area and found rebels planning an ambush.

Kenya troops are among the African Union troops bolstering Somalia’s weak UN-backed government against an insurgency by al-Shabab rebels which are linked to al Qaida.

Al-Shabab espouses the Saudi Arabian Wahabi version of Islam, which follows strict Shariah law and has carried out amputations and executions, including stoning to death.

Despite losing control of Somalia’s major cities, al-Shabab frequently carries out violent attacks in Somalia and neighboring countries.