KISMAYO (Sh. M. Network) —Warships have shelled the Somali port of shelled the Al-Shabab-controlled port city ofKismayo, hours after the militants put on show the bodies of four soldiers, two Kenyans and two Somali soldiers killed in combat in their stronghold, residents said.
Witnesses said the warships at the coast of Kismayo started shelling the port, around 6:00 pm local time.Militants blamed Kenyan forces for the attack.
Getting information – especially in Kismayo, the last remaining Al-Shabab stronghold – has been difficult for journalists.
Kenya Defense Force ships routinely patrol the area, but this is the first time that they have engaged in combat in Kismayo.
The causalities could not be immediately verified whether there are deaths or injures following the sea attacks on Kismayo town, 500 Km south of Mogadishu.
Kenyan’s Army and air force spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment.
For the past couple of months, Kismayo has come under fire targeting Al-Shabab from air and sea. But Somali government troops and African Union forces have yet to launch a full-scale assault on the city to free it from Al-Shabab control, as it has done with other strategic areas in south and central Somalia.
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