News streaming in on Friday 28th from the Somalia warfront indicates that the ongoing Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) mission in Somalia is rather hitting the climax following today’s capture of AL-Shabaab’s stronghold; Kismayo. Marking the second time in less than a month that KDF Soldiers alongside Amisom forces have staged ambush of the town, it’s now apparent that they’ve managed to gain full control of the area. Speaking via a tweet, the Department of Defence headquarters hinted, “KDF troops have taken control of Kismayo. Residents are advised to avoid areas where KDF and Somalia National Army troops are to avoid collateral damage.”
Confirming the report, KDF’s Information Officer Cyrus Oguna revealed that the military successfully entered the no-go zone at around 2:00am early today and commenced their well planned operations. Residents in the area have been advised by both the KDF and SNA troops to keep off from the battle areas to avoid ‘collateral damage’. The military officer also made confirmations that indeed no casualties have been reported from the military wing and that all soldiers are safe and sound.
The victory comes merely two days after the KDF soldiers brought down an armory store and warehouse owned by the already weaked Al-Shabaab militants and consequently stemmed up their presence at the Kismayo airport.
Conflicting reports in the Somalia media agencies seek to insist that Hizbul Islam has broken ranks with the Al-Qaeda linked group following their defeat in the war.
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