NAIROBI, Aug 21 (-NNN-KNA) — Twenty Al-Shabaab militiamen were killed by the Kenya Defense Forces near the border town of Hulugho, Garissa, County Commissioner Harun Rashid confirmed.
The militants were crossing the border to Somalia and are believed to be part of a group of nearly 40 militiamen who attacked an administration police camp at Galmagala Division last Friday evening killing four Administration Police Officers. The Militants were dressed in army camouflages similar to those worn by Somali army.
There was a heavy exchange of fire for more than four hours between the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the militiamen who were reportedly wearing camouflage uniform similar to that of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government forces.
Commissioner Rashid said KDF and other security agents have mounted aggressive security operations along the border towns in order to apprehend the militants, adding that during the operation, the KDF did not suffer any casualties.
He said the security forces are also tracking another splinter group of Al-Shabaab which was reportedly spotted along the border town of Amuma on the Liboi side.
Meanwhile, normalcy has returned to Galmagala town after more security personnel were deployed. This follows complaints from local residents who urged the national government to post more security officers to the area.