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article imageKenyan troops invade Somalia after kidnappings

By Christopher Szabo     Oct 17, 2011 in World
Nairobi - Kenyan troops have invaded Somalia in search of kidnappers they believe to belong to the Somali Al-Shabaab terrorist group. The invasion is being supported by Somali government troops and airstrikes have been reported.
The BBC said Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Masika Wetangula said his country was defending itself against incursions from the sea that resulted in kidnappings of tourists from northern Kenyan resorts. Wetangula said:
“What we are doing is in pursuit of a request by the government of Somalia and also our own interest as a country to fight a group that is terror-based.”
He added:
"If you are the Kenyan government or a Kenyan, what would you have done? Will you clap for [the kidnappers] and say they have done a good job? No. You must defend your country."
The Telegraph reports some 40 Kenyan “military vehicles” and artillery were seen to enter Somalia and the intervention was supported by jet aircraft and helicopters. A military helicopter crashed near the Kenyan border earlier, but it is not clear if it was in connection with the current attack nor is the cause of the crash known.
The Washington Post’s report said the Kenyans had tanks, but this has not been confirmed by other sources.
There is also confusion surrounding whether the Somali government authorised or even welcomed the incursion. A Somali spokesman, Abdirahman Omar Osman, welcomed logistical support from “our Kenyan brothers”, but said Somalia did not need Kenyan troops.
A Reuters report quoted an unnamed Kenyan Army officer who said:
"Our team inside Somalia is doing well. So far, we have uprooted Al Shabaab from Dhobley after the air and ground raids. We are working with other friendly armed groups ... to fight the common enemy, Al Shabaab."
However, Shabaab denied being responsible for the kidnappings and said its suicide bombers would retaliate against Kenya, according to reports on South African television.
A CNN report quoted Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mahmud Ragi. He said:
"Kenyan troops have entered 100 kilometres into Somalia, and their planes are bombarding and killing residents. We shall come into Kenya if you do not go back."
The US and other countries say Al Shabaab is a terrorist organisation with links to Al Qaeda.
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