Seven Kenyan soldiers who were part of the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia have been killed in a roadside blast near the Somali border town of Dhobley, an official said.
The soldiers died after an improvised explosive device hit their military vehicle which was in an army convoy on patrol.
Kenyan forces travelling from Daadab to Dhobley encountered an IED attack reinforced with ambush at Sheftuk, 6Kms South of Dhobley. A land cruiser was extensively damaged. There are unknown number of casualties. pic.twitter.com/GgogpcrDyA
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A Somali military official who sought anonymity said he saw the bodies of seven Kenyan troops at the scene of the attack. Two others sustained serious injuries, he said.
“The IED tore apart the vehicle, killing the soldiers instantly,” a security source told the Nairobi-based Capital FM news outlet.
BREAKING: Kenya military vehicle hit by a powerful IED near the border with Somalia Sunday after, multiple soldiers hurt: Security sources
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Al-Shabab said it was behind the blast. Kenyan military officials were not available for comment at the time of publishing this story.
A week ago, a similar number of Somali government soldiers were killed near Dhobley in an attack on their military vehicle.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Kenya has issued “a security alert”, warning that “extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the US embassy in Israel to target US citizens”.
It warned that the areas that may be targeted include bus parks, matatu (bus) termini.