09 Aug '18, 11pm

Shabaab claims deadly IED blast in Kenya

Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in East Africa, has claimed a deadly improvised explosive device (IED) ambush on Kenyan troops in coastal Lamu County. At least five Kenyan soldiers were killed and another six were wounded after their vehicle encountered an IED near Bodhei yesterday in the Boni forest area of Lamu. Suspicion was quickly placed on the jihadist group, who officially claimed the ambush later in the day. On its Shahada News Agency, Shabaab claimed it killed 11 Kenyan troops in the blast. The statement was later republished and also translated into English by al Qaeda’s Global Islamic Media Front. The Boni forest area is a stronghold of Shabaab and has been the location for many of its attacks inside Kenya. The Standard , a Kenyan news site, has stated that at least 100 Kenyan security forces have been killed by Shabaab in the Boni forest area alone in the last three...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/08/shabaab-c...

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