Kenyan soldiers have found an Al- Shabab base 180 kilometers (112 miles) inside Somalia and killed 15 Al- Shabaab militants in a raid.
A base in Yantooy, a town on the Jubba River has been used as a staging point for attacks in Kenya and the operation had been prepared to stop militant supply lines from their headquarters in Jillib.
Army spokesman Col. David Obonyo told Anadolu Agency, “The attack happened early in the morning and we have no casualties from our side.”
“We managed to kill 15 al-Shabaab militants and captured Yantooy, which the militants were using as a base. The capturing of the base is vital for our operation to facilitate the easy capture of Jilib, which is currently the remaining al-Shabaab headquarters in the lower Shebelle.”
Obonyo said the attack was part of Operation Jubba Corridor, the ultimate goal of which is to capture Jilib.
Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 following cross-border attacks, kidnappings of tourists and aid workers.
Al- Shabaab has threatened to organize more attacks on Kenya until Kenya draws its troops in Somalia.
In April, Al Shabab killed 148 people in Garissa University, Kenya. It was the bloodiest attack ever by the group in Kenya.