Kenya president says 9 soldiers killed in attack in Somalia

May 7, 2018 GMT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president says nine Kenyan soldiers were killed when extremists attacked their patrol car in neighboring Somalia.

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned the soldiers who were killed Sunday evening in an al-Shabab attack in Dhobley, Somalia. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had killed and wounded 15 soldiers, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups.

Kenyan troops are part of an African Union force bolstering Somalia’s weak government against an insurgency by the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab has carried out numerous attacks on Kenya since October 2011, saying it is retribution for Kenya sending troops to fight the militants in Somalia.

Last week the group was suspected in the killing of four non-Muslims working at a quarry in Mandera county in northern Kenya.