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Kenya airstrikes kill 60 in Somalia

At least 60 militants have been killed in airstrikes on a base of an al Qaida-linked group Kenyan troops are pursuing in Somalia, a Kenyan military spokesman said.

Colonel Cyrus Oguna said the airstrikes on Garbaharey town on Friday were prompted by a tip that al-Shabab militants had gathered in the area to refuel their vehicles.

Col Oguna said the death toll from the airstrikes could rise.

Kenya sent hundreds of troops into neighbouring Somalia in October to pursue al-Shabab militants who it blames for a string of kidnappings on Kenyan soil, including those of four Europeans.

The kidnappings threatened Kenya's tourism industry, a key source of revenue for the country.

Al-Shabab is waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak, UN-backed government.


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