More Al Shabaab Terrorists Killed as African Union Forces Close in on Kismayo

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AU troops are moving closer to Kismayo

At least 50 Al Shabaab militants were killed in yet another deadly attack at Jana Cabdalla, a town 40 kilometers from the port of Kismayo.

Military Spokesman Col Cyrus Oguna said the town is now under full control of AMISOM troops who will pacify it enroute to Kismayo which is the main target.

“This is a key al Shabaab stronghold in lower Jubba region, but it has now fallen,” Oguna said.

Oguna said that there could be many more Al Shabaab militants killed in the attack because they fought in the forest.

“During the operation, the allied forces encountered resistance in the last three days that culminated in the capture of the town,” he said in a statement, adding “Several Al Shabaab militants were killed in the engagement and assorted weapons and ammunition recovered.”

During the 2pm battle, two Kenyan forces and five Somalia National Army soldiers sustained injuries. “The injured soldiers were flown to Dobley for medical attention.”

Oguna described the capture of the town as a “major milestone in AMISOM offensive towards the liberation of the port city of Kismayo.”

Last week, Harbolle town in Sector II also fell into the hands of AMISOM when the militants tried to block the forces from advancing to Kismayo–resulting to the killing of 50 others.

The AMISOM forces, under whose umbrella the Kenya Defence Forces are fighting are racing against time to capture the port of Kismayo which is considered Al Shabaab’s las major stronghold in Somalia.