Kenya’s military forces said they have recently killed 21 Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia, army spokesman David Obonyo said.
According to the troops, they hunted down the militant Islamist group Al-Shabaab fighters after their convoy was shot at in western Somalia, close to the border of the two countries on Tuesday.
He named a junior level Commander, Salad Bart, who is believed to have been in charge of the group, among those who died during the fight.
The military also said it recovered 17 AK 47 rifles, five rocket propelled grenades, two rocket launchers and a number of bullets after the battle.
On the contrary Al-Shabab told Reuters news agency that its fighters had killed five soldiers, wounded eight and burnt one military vehicle in the fighting.
The army did not comment on whether or not it suffered any casualties but said they killed 21 al-Shabaab militants in Dobley area, Somalia.
Kenyan forces entered Somalia in 2011 to fight the al-Qaeda-linked militants. On March 20, KDF slaughtered 34 al Shabaab militants in two different fights in Somalia but lost two soldiers in an ambush.
The KDF also murdered 21 of the militants in the southern town of Afmadow in the ambush in which the two soldiers died.
Obonyo said Kenyan troops killed a further 13 fighters just north of Ras Kamboni, also in southern Somalia.
Somalia’s militant Islamist movement al-Shabaab is fighting to oust Somali’s Western-backed government to introduce its own State. The group, which is trying to gain a foothold in East Africa, said it is fighting Kenya to make the country withdraw its troop under AMISOM.
Its attack on Garissa University College in April, which killed about 150 people, provided a worrying sequel to the Westgate shopping centre attack in September 2013, that saw at least 67 people got killed in a daytime strike in the heart of Nairobi.