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Kenya air force hits back at massacre terrorists

Ed Elroy Nairobi

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

A relative, centre, is assisted by Kenya Red Cross staff as she reacts at the Chiromo Mortuary, where bodies of students killed in Thursday's attack by gunmen are preserved, in Nairobi, after the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)
A relative, centre, is assisted by Kenya Red Cross staff as she reacts at the Chiromo Mortuary, where bodies of students killed in Thursday's attack by gunmen are preserved, in Nairobi, after the Islamist group massacred students at a Kenyan university last week (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) source said, in the first major military response to last week's attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university.

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Gunmen from the al-Qa'ida-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200km from the Somali border.

Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, the military source said yesterday. Cloud cover made it difficult to establish how much damage the bombings caused. "We targeted the two areas because according to information we have, those (al Shabaab) fellows are coming from there to attack Kenya," he said.

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Kenya has struggled to stop the flow of al Shabaab militants and weapons across its porous 800km border with Somalia. Al Shabaab militants have killed more than 400 people in Kenya since April 2013. An African Union peacekeeping force that includes Kenyan troops, and which is fighting the group in Somalia, carried out arrests and seized ammunitions in an al Shabaab camp in Gondodowe last August.

Kenya named one of the gunmen as an ethnic Somali Kenyan national and law graduate, highlighting the terrorists' ability to recruit within the country. A government spokesman said high-flying Abdirahim Abdullahi was "a university of Nairobi law graduate and described as "brilliant".

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