Sources have revealed that one Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) officer lost his life while two others sustained serious injuries during an Al Shabaab attack on a KDF camp in Baardere, Gedo region, Somalia.
Kenya Defense Forces troops are said to have returned fire killing 24 Al Shabaab militants in a gun battle that lasted for four hours.
While confirming the incident however, KDF Spokesman, Col. Joseph Owuoth, denied any fatalities on the Kenya Defense Force side.
“At about 1850hrs the Al Shabaab staged what we call a Probing Attack against our position in Baardere, Somalia, we were able to repulse them without any injuries or deaths on our side,” Col. Joseph Owuoth said.
However, reports in Somalia said that the militants fired an assortment of weaponry at the troops, including an 81mm mortar that hit one of the trenches, instantly killing one soldier while two others sustained head injuries and were airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment.