Kenyan contingent to join AMISOM next week

March 09, 2012

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Kenya's soldiers will officially join the African Union Mission in Somalia contingent next week, Kenyan military spokesperson Major Emmanuel Chirchir said on Twitter on Thursday (March 8th).

"Rehatting the much-awaited green berets likely to finally get to the ground/individual soldiers next week," Chirchir said, without revealing the exact day. "We are firmly in AMISOM."

The Kenyan forces, which entered Somalia in October 2011, will join African Union troops from Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, under an expansion of AMISOM approved by the United Nations Security Council last month. The Kenya Defence Forces announced last week that the Kenyan military will remain in the country at least until AMISOM's mandate ends in October this year.

Chirchir also said that Kenyan and Somali Transitional Federal Government security forces launched an attack in Aglibah, north of Afmadow, on Thursday, killing six al-Shabaab fighters. Two AK-47 assault rifles, 200 rounds of ammunition and four rounds of mortar bombs were recovered during the operation, Chirchir said.

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