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    Kenyan Troops follow Al Shabab into Somalia

    Good on 'em!

    Kenyan troops have crossed the border into Somalia to fight rebel al-Shabab fighters they accuse of being behind several recent kidnappings of foreigners, Kenyan officials have said.
    A military source told Al Jazeera on Sunday that the Kenyan troops were stationed about 100km inside Somali territory.
    "We have crossed into Somalia in pursuit of the Shahab, who are responsible for the kidnappings and attacks on our country," Alfred Matua, a government spokesman, told the AFP news agency.
    An AFP reporter close to the border witnessed large numbers of troops as well as military planes and helicopters overhead.
    Several witnesses reported heavy troop movement in Kenya's border regions, with truckloads of soldiers heading towards the frontier.
    The assault comes a day after George Saitoti, Kenya's interior security minister, branded al-Shabab "the enemy" and vowed to attack them "wherever they will be".
    Al-Shabab, or the "youth," are a hardline Islamic group that aims to overthrow Somalia's transitional government.
    Kenya already backs anti-Shabab and pro-government militia groups in Somali border regions as efforts to create a buffer zone from hostile rebels.
    On Saturday, troops from Somalia's Western-backed government wrested control of the Shabab-held town of Qoqani in the Lower Juba region, which borders Kenya.
    In just over the past month, a British woman and a French woman have been abducted from Kenyan beach resorts in two separate incidents.
    On Thursday, two female Spanish aid workers were seized by gunmen from the crowded Dadaab refugee camp, the world's largest with some 450,000 mainly Somali refugees.
    Kenyan authorities have on several occasions expressed fears that rebel groups would infiltrate the Dadaab camps from Somalia, as the border lies barely 100km away.
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    Well, someone has got do deal with these enormous foreheaded animals. Stick it right up em Kenya!

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