Kenya says 100 Al-Shabaab members killed
Deputy President William Ruto announced on Sunday that Kenyan forces had killed over 100 members of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab since Nov.22 attack in the north-eastern town of Mandera, Anadolu Agency reported.
"Two successful operations on the hideouts of the perpetrators of the Mandera executions were swiftly carried out across the borders," Ruto told a press conference.
"Our retaliatory action left in its trail more than a hundred fatalities," he added.
According to the deputy president, Kenyan troops also destroyed the camp from which the Mandera was planned.
At least 28 people were killed when militants attacked a bus traveling to the capital Nairobi from the north-eastern town of Mandera on early Saturday.
The attack was claimed by Al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-linked group opposed to the deployment of Kenyan troops in Somalia.
"On behalf of the president and millions of Kenyans around our country, I extend our deep condolences to the families of the people who lost their loved ones," said Ruto.
He said the rapid action of the Kenyan security forces is itself a huge victory against regional terrorist networks and shows that the government is protecting its citizens against internal and external aggression.
In recent years, Al-Shabaab has carried out attacks in Nairobi and in Kenya's northeastern region.
In September 2013, at least 67 people were killed in a four-day-long hostage-taking saga in an upmarket Nairobi shopping mall that was eventually claimed by Al-Shabaab.