9 killed in clashes on Somalia, Kenya border

26 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

MOGADISHU: Fighting broke out early Monday along Somalia’s border with Kenya, leaving at least nine dead and several injured on both sides of the frontier, according to officials and witnesses, reports AFP.

Somalia accused Kenyan troops—and Somali fighters it says were trained by its neighbour—of entering the border town of Bulohawo and attacking federal army bases there. Kenya has denied any role in the clashes.

The incident is the latest linked to a political crisis in the semi-autonomous Jubaland region of Somalia which has strained diplomatic relations between the East African countries.

Kenya is a supporter of Jubaland’s regional president Ahmed Madobe, who has been at odds with the federal government in Mogadishu, and is refusing to take part in already delayed national elections.

“The Somali national armed forces repelled and ended a dawn raid on Bulohawo by Kenyan troops and rebel Somali militia it had trained to take control of the town,” Information Minister Osman Abukar Dube told a press conference in Mogadishu.

“The Somali forces captured 100 Kenyan-trained rebel militia during the fighting, and they are detained in a safe location.”