Kenya Military Reports Battle With Somali Fighters

Published January 4, 2012 9:54AM (EST)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's military says its forces killed three militant fighters from al-Shabab in a battle in Somalia.

Military spokesman Maj. Emmanuel Chirchir said Wednesday that one Kenyan soldier was also killed in the battle.

Chirchir said that Kenyan and Somali troops are advancing north. Kenyan troops entered Somalia in mid-October to attack al-Shabab militants and have been supported by Somalia's weak army.

Since then Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia on the country's west, who along with African Union troops in Mogadishu are squeezing al-Shabab fighters on three sides.

By Salon Staff

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