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Kenyan soldier kills several Somalis
Soldier immediately disarmed after shooting at least six people, believed to be civilians, in southern Somalia.
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 17:38
Kenyan Defence Forces have been in Somalia since last October [AFP]

A Kenyan soldier with the African Union force in Somalia has killed six people, all believed to be civilians, after firing on them, a spokesman for the Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) has said.

"Several people approached a KDF defensive position where a KDF soldier opened fire, killing six people," the army said in a statement on Monday.

"The soldier was immediately disarmed and has since been put on guarded seclusion."

The incident took place on Sunday in Jana Cabdalla, a town about 40km from the port city of Kismayo, the last major bastion of al-Shabab, the armed Islamist group.

Removing al-Shabab from Kismayo has been a long-term goal of Kenyan forces ever since they entered Somalia last October, but reaching the city has taken longer than initially planned.

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