Kenya Military Airstrike Kills 60 Somali Militants


Salon Staff
January 7, 2012 4:54PM (UTC)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan military spokesman says at least 60 militants were killed in airstrikes on a base of an al-Qaida-linked group Kenyan troops are pursuing in Somalia.

Col. Cyrus Oguna said Saturday the airstrikes on Garbaharey town on Friday were prompted by a tip that al-Shabab militants had gathered in the area to refuel their vehicles.

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Oguna says the death toll from the airstrikes could rise.

Kenya sent hundreds of troops into neighboring Somalia in October to pursue al-Shabab militants who it blames for a string of kidnappings on Kenyan soil, including those of four Europeans. The kidnappings threatened Kenya's tourism industry, a key source of revenue for the country. Al-Shabab is waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, U.N.-backed government.


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