Friday, October 28, 2011

Kenyans in first al-Shabab battle in Somalia

Kenyan troops have clashed with Islamist militants inside Somalia for the first time since crossing the border nearly two weeks ago.

Kenya army spokesman Maj Emmanuel Chirchir told the BBC a convoy came under attack between the southern towns of Tabda and Bilis Qoqani.

Each side said the other had suffered casualties.

Kenya sent troops into southern Somalia earlier this month, blaming al-Shabab for a spat of kidnappings.

Al-Shabab, which controls much of central and southern Somalia, denies the allegation and has threatened reprisal attacks in Kenya.

Meanwhile, a Kenyan man, who confessed to being a member of al-Shabab, has been sentenced to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to being responsible for Monday's twin grenade attacks in the Kenyan, capital, Nairobi.

The BBC's Noel Mwakugu in court says Elgiva Bwire Oliacha smiled at the cameras and said he had no regrets and would not appeal his sentence.

One person was killed and 29 other wounded in two attacks in the city on a nightclub and bus stop. more