Kenyan Soldier Kills Six Presumed Civilians in Somalia
[An Nahar] A Kenyan soldier with the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
force in Somalia killed six people, all thought to be civilians, when he fired on them, a front man for the Kenyan Defense Forces said Monday.
"Several people approached a KDF defensive position where a KDF soldier opened fire, killing six people," the army said in a statement.
"The soldier was immediately disarmed and has since been put on guarded seclusion," the statement said.
The incident took place on Sunday in Jana Cabdalla, a town some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the port city of Kismayo, the last major bastion of the Shebab Islamists that the Kenyans are marching on.
The shooting took place shortly after a Shebab ambush in which one Kenyan soldier died.
Kismayo has been a long-term goal of Kenyan forces ever since they invaded Somalia last October, but reaching it has taken longer than initially estimated, with efforts hampered by the crash of three Ugandan army helicopters last month.
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