Somalia’s Islamic Resistance group al-Shabaab has denied claims the Kenyan military killed at least 60 fighters in an airstrike, the German news agency dpa reported.
Senior al-Shabaab commander, Shaykh Mukhtar Robow Ali, known as Abu Mansour, on Sunday confirmed an attack had taken place in Garbaharey town in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, but accused Kenya of lying about the number of dead.
“There were not 60 al-Shabaab troops killed,” he told dpa by telephone from an undisclosed location, without revealing how many deaths were caused.
“The infidels of Kenya circulated false information to cover up the casualties of their own ground forces, who are facing heavy resistance from our fighters.”
This came after Colonel Cyrus Oguna, a Kenyan military spokesman, said dozens of al-Shabaab fighters were killed after bombing raids hit rebel positions in Garbaharey on Friday.