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Somalia's al Shabaab kills nine Kenyan soldiers - president

Somalia's al Shabaab kills nine Kenyan soldiers - president


<p>The Islamist militant group al Shabaab has killed nine Kenyan soldiers in Somalia, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday.</p> <p>The president’s office offered no other details on the incident that led to the soldiers’ deaths.</p> <p>“Earlier today, I was appalled and saddened to learn that we had lost nine young patriots to a cowardly terrorist attack in Somalia,” Kenyatta said in a statement.</p> <p>A military source with knowledge of the incident said the soldiers had been killed by an improvised explosive device in Dobley on Sunday afternoon.</p> <p>Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islamic law.</p> <p>The group also conducts frequent assaults in Kenya, mostly in the region bordering Somalia, to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw its peacekeeping troops from Somalia.</p> <p>Kenya forms part of the African Union force <span class="caps">AMISOM</span>, which is defending Somalia’s government against al Shabaab.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">REUTERS</span></em></strong></p>
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