An Afghan national is among al Shabaab leaders killed in Thursday evening's attack by the Kenya Defence Force jets on the militant group's training camp in Gedo region.
Khaild Abu Abdrahaman, an Afghan mortar training expert, died in the KDF air strike attack according to Major Emmanuel Chirchir.
"Courtesy call on al Shabaab confirms. A mortar training expert from Afghanistan Khalid Abu Abdrahaman among the dead in the recent attack," Chirchir tweeted yesterday.
He had earlier tweeted that the al Shabaab leader Ali Godane narrowly escaped death when he left the meeting point 30 minutes before the attack.
KDF Operations Information officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna said the air strike killed 30 al Shabaab fighters in Garbarahey area in Gedo, Somalia.
"On January 9 at 1800hrs at Garbarahey in Gedo region of Somalia, KDF fighter jets attacked an al Shabaab camp during a meeting. Initial battle damage assessment indicates that more than 30 al Shabaab militants were killed including key commanders. Scores of others escaped with multiple injuries. More than five vehicles and key assets were destroyed," Oguna's report said.
The air strike comes after the KDF conducted a changeover in October, which saw the return of its previous troops, who had spent a year in Somalia.