The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has confirmed killing the Al Shabaab Deputy Commander in an airstrike on Nadaris camp, located between Buale and Sukow areas in Somalia.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Defence, Mahad Mohammed Karatey was killed on Thursday as he presided over a passing out ceremony of more than 80 militants, who had graduated from the training camps.
KDF further stated that the airstrike by its fighter jets killed 10 other middle level commanders, marking a major win in the war against the militants.
Karatey coupled as the overall head of Al Shabaab's Intelligence Wing, also known as Alamnyat, which was involved in the attack on Kenyan soldiers at El Adde camp.
KDF also asserted that the Alamnyat Wing comprises of assassins, suicide bombers, explosive experts and information gatherers.
It is believed that the felled Intelligence Chief had played a major role in planning and executing the January 15 attack on Kenyan troops, by deploying his top shooters and suicide bombers in the ambush that wiped out an undisclosed number of soldiers.
The Military affirmed that it had made major efforts in eliminating the militants, assuring that its forces would not relent until the threat posed by the militia group was neutralised.
Here is the statement:
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