Al-Shabaab spreading propaganda about their attack on Afmadow.
Intelligence shows there was indeed a 2-hour battle in Afmadow where Al-Shabaab attacked KDF/TFG defensive positions but were effectively repulsed with causalities reported.
Through their twitter account @HSMPress, they have claimed to have downed 3-KDF helicopters and even destroyed APC and overrun KDF/TFG defenses in town.
This is to inform the general public and regional supporters that KDF does not use helicopters that can be shot down with guns, rather special gunship helicopters with anti-armor characteristics.
KDF is capable of scrambling efficiently both aerial and ground support on emergency basis, hence cannot fall prey to militant guerilla strategies.
This is to inform those supporting and with the KDF/TFG/AMISOM, that our intelligence sources confirms that these are lies and desperate efforts by the militants to rally sympathy from residents of Kismayu who have denied them food, money, and support.
Al-Shabaab are desperately trying to improve the morale of their fighters especially those from coastal areas of Kenya who have defected and denounced their support to militancy.
We have evidence and pictures of defectors in KDF custody. The morale of many Al-Shabaab fighters is at all time low and every iota of fantasy that can inspire or repose confidence in them is being desperately sought.
Al-Shabaab have not only suffered immense troop losses through neutralization, but also lost support from Somali men, women, and children who seek freedom and prosperity.
The militants attempted to attack Afmadow from three points but were repulsed through both aerial and artillery batteries strategically located outside Afmadow.
KDF is professional and a highly capable army hence well placed to effectively counter any kind of attack from militants such as Al-Shabaab.
Strategic Intelligence Services