Kenya army kills ‘57 Al-Shabab militants’ in Somalia
On Wednesday The Kenyan army made a claimed that its forces had killed 57 al-Shabab Islamist militants in a battle in southern Somalia.
It was reported that Kenyan troops under the African Union command (Amisom) used artillery and helicopter gunships against the Islamists in Afmadow, a town about 100 km (60 miles) inland from the port of Kismayo, a military statement said.
However, Al-Shabab has denied any of its fighters being killed in the offensive launched by the Kenyan army.
The militants are locked in a propaganda war against Kenya, alongside the fierce fighting which happens on the ground.
In January 2016, the militant group attacked a Kenyan army base in Somalia and said it had killed more than 100 soldiers.
The Kenyan government, which denied the figures, was heavily criticised for never saying how many of its soldiers died in the attack.
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