A Kenyan soldier with the African Union force in Somalia has killed six people, all believed to be civilians, after firing on them, a spokesman for the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) has said.
“Several people approached a KDF defensive position where a KDF soldier opened fire, killing six people,” the army said in a statement on Monday.
“The soldier was immediately disarmed and has since been put on guarded seclusion.”
The attack took place on Sunday in Jana Cabdalla, a town about 40km from the port city of Kismayo, the last major bastion of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Somalia, al-Shabaab.
It also put the number of those killed to nine.
Removing al-Shabaab from Kismayo has been a long-term goal of Kenyan invaders ever since they entered Somalia last October, but reaching the city has taken longer than initially planned.
Source: Index News and agencies