Kenya Disputes Death Toll From Al-Shabaab Attack on Somalia Camp

An Al-Shabaab attack on a Kenyan army base on Friday claimed the lives of nine soldiers, the East African nation said, disputing the total provided by the Somali militant group.

Two were officers and seven were servicemen with the Kenya Defense Forces, spokesman Paul Njuguna said in an e-mailed statement. Another 15 soldiers were injured. Al Shabaab said Friday that at least 51 soldiers died in the assault. Njuguna said more than 70 people with Al-Shabaab were also killed in the attack.

In January 2016, the al-Qaeda-linked insurgents attacked a Kenyan camp near the border at El Adde and claimed 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed. The Kenyan government acknowledged fatalities, without giving its own toll.

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