A military spokesman says the Kenyan Navy shelled Somalia’s port town of Kismayo, the remaining significant stronghold of al-Qaida-linked militants, in preparation for the ground forces to capture the town.
Col. Cyrus Oguna, said Tuesday that seven people believed to be members of the al-Shabab militia group were killed in the shelling, Saturday and Monday that targeted an arms store, a mounted gun position and a road block set up by the militants.
Oguna says Kenyan ground troop are moving closer to Kismayo in preparation of an assault to take over the town. The takeover will be soon, Oguna says.
Al-Shabab militants are waging an insurgency against the U.N.-backed government that is being bolstered by African Union troops, including Kenyan forces.