Al-Shabaab fighters take control of Kenyan military base in Somalia

At least 20 killed in Somali rebel attack

Ford Kenya deputy party leader Bonny Khalwale claimed Jubilee government had a hidden agenda over the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers in Somalia.

However, a Kenyan military spokesman has rejected the report and said the Kenyan soldiers killed scores of Al-Shabab militants in their retaliatory attacks.

Somali militants staged a dawn attack on KDF camp in Kolbiyow and killed an unknown number of Kenyan soldiers who are part of the AMISOM troops. Kenyan forces invaded Somalia in 2011 to repel Al-Shabab.

He said that families have lost breadwinners and the country has suffered multiple attacks from the Islamist fighters who target innocent and unsuspecting Kenyans.

"Heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters attacked the military base in Kulbiyow early Friday".

"Reinforcements deployed by the KDF in Kenya encountered massive IEDs along the MSR (military service requirements) and had to abandon mission", said the official.

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Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu-Musab said the group's fighters killed at least 51 Kenyan soldiers during the early morning attack in Kulbiyow town in Lower Jubba region.

Al Shabaab, whose assessment of casualties often differs markedly from official versions, typically rams the entrance to a target site with a vehicle or truck bomb so fighters can storm in.

In a statement KDF said that they were able to repulse the militants and has retaken back the camp. The Kenyan military is yet to give details of casualties during the said night.

Residents in the remote town of Kulbiyow said many casualties are feared after heavy explosions and gunfire broke out between the military and the insurgents.

The Kolbiyow raid is the second major attack this week in Somalia, coming three days after 28 people were killed when al-Shabaab bombers and fighters attacked a hotel in the capital.

Political infighting and ongoing insecurity scuppered plans for a universal vote in 2016, with lawmakers elected by specially selected delegates.