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Al Shabaab militants killed 57 Kenyan troops during attack on military base in Somalia

Al Shabaab militants killed 57 Kenyan troops during attack on military base in SomaliaA spokesman for al Shabaab said its fighters killed at least 57 Kenyans at the base in the southern town of Kulbiyow, near the Kenyan border, but Kenyan military denied this claim although he did not give any casualty figures, Reuters reports.

"That is false," Kenyan military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna told Reuters. "The operation is ongoing. We are receiving updates," the officer added.

Kenyan television channel NTV reported in a headline that "several KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) soldiers believed killed" in the raid and heavy fighting was reported.

The group, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and drive out the peacekeepers made up of soldiers from Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia and other African countries.

Driven out from the capital Mogadishu in 2011, al Shabaab has been fighting for years to impose its strict interpretation of Islam on Somalia.
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