Garissa University Attack Kenya military 'destroys' al-Shabab camps

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo said on Monday, that the mission was part of efforts to stop fighters from those camps carrying out cross-border raids into Kenya.

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In the wake of the attacks which were carried out on Garissa University by Islamic fundamentalist group, al-Shabab, the Kenyan military has announced that it has destroyed 2 of the terrorist group's camps in Somalia.

Al Jazeera reports that jets pounded the camps in the Gedo region of Somalia on Sunday.

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo said on Monday, that the mission was part of efforts to stop fighters from those camps carrying out cross-border raids into Kenya.

While pointing out that cloud cover made it difficult to estimate the death toll, he however noted that the military's aerial images showed that the camps had been completely destroyed.

In a swift response however, al-Shabab's military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab debunked the claims and told the Reuters news agency that none of its camps were damaged in Sunday's raid, and that the fighter jets had instead struck farmland.

Last June, Kenyan fighter jets attacked 2 bases belonging to al-Shabab fighters in Somalia, killing at least 80 of them, according to African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops deployed there.

Terrorist group, al-Shabab has carried out a series of attacks on Kenya of what the group feels is the country's intervention. In 2013, it attacked Westgate Mall in Nairobi killing 67 people and last Thursday, armed men from the group raided the Garissa University College campus killing 148 people.

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