Kenya bombed al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday: Military source

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Nairobi | Updated: Apr 06, 2015 3:54 PM

The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defence Forces...

Kenya, kenya attack, kenya attack on christians, al shabaab, al shabaab kenya, al shabaab attack, al shabaab terror, christians, christians in Kenya, christians attacked in kenya, world newsA relative consoles a woman after she viewed the body of her relative killed in Thursday’s attack on Garissa University College, at Chiromo funeral home in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, April 6, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP)

The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) source said, in the first major military response to last week’s attack by the militant group on an university.

Gunmen from the al Qaeda-aligned group killed 148 people on Thursday when they stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the  Gedo region bordering Kenya, the military source said on Monday. Cloud cover made it difficult to establish how much damage the bombings caused or estimate the death toll.

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“We targeted the two areas because according to information we have, those (al Shabaab) fellows are coming from there to attack Kenya,” he said.

Kenya has struggled to stop the flow of al Shabaab militants and weapons across its porous 700 km border with Somalia.

Al Shabaab militants have killed more than 400 people in Kenya since April 2013.

An African Union peacekeeping force that includes Kenyan troops, and which is fighting the group in Somalia, carried out arrests and seized ammunition in an al Shabaab camp in Gondodowe last August.

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