8 Al Shabaab terrorists were killed and another eleven seriously injured in Marka town following a botched attack.
According to sources in Somalia, the attack began with explosives and mortar fire followed by heavy fighting between al-Shabaab and the Somali military. The terrorists attacked the town from four different sides using VBIED laden vehicles that failed to detonate after three of the drivers were neutralised by sniper fire.
The source further stated that the military stationed in Marka had prior intelligence of an imminent attack aimed at taking the town back from the SNA.
The Al Shabaab have intensified their attacks coming into 2020, a year when the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) has considered reducing its troops in Somalia. Al-Shabaab has launched several assaults both in Kenya and Somalia since December 2019, killing at least 130 people, most of them civilians.
Recently, as Kenya marked the first anniversary of the attack on the dusitD2 complex in Nairobi on January 15, the US embassy issued a statement that the resurgent attacks by al-Shabaab could destabilise the country and East Africa.
This comes after a similar assault on a US base in Lamu that led to the death of 3 US soldiers. The US government has however reiterated its commitment saying it was partnering with Kenya in training, sharing information, and “fighting side by side” to defeat Al-Shabaab.