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Kenya says it has launched air strikes on Islamic militants in Somalia

It is a retaliation for last week’s massacre.

Medics help an injured person at Kenyatta national Hospital in Nairobi last Thursday
Medics help an injured person at Kenyatta national Hospital in Nairobi last Thursday
Image: AP/Press Association Images

KENYA HAS SAID it began bombing Islamist militant positions in Somalia yesterday in a retaliation for the massacre at Garissa University last week.

A military spokesperson told international media agencies that fighter jets attacked al-Shabab camps in the Gedo region.

According to the official, the camps were used by the terrorists – who have claimed responsibility for the college killings – to cross into Kenya.

“The two targets were hit and taken out, the two camps are destroyed,” said army spokesman David Obonyo.

There was no information given as to casualties in the bases hit.

Last Thursday’s pre-dawn attack saw 148 people die as gunmen taunted their victims. It is understood the killers targeted a site where Christians pray.

The country’s government said it would not be “intimidated” by the attacks.

With reporting by AP and AFP

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