Published on Monday, October 17, 2011

Kenyan troops enter Somalia

Kenya has sent troops into Somalia in a bid to pursue militants it suspects of carrying out a spate of kidnappings.

Government spokesman Alfred Matua said troops were pursuing Somali al-Shabab militants across the border, reports the BBC.

Two Spanish aid workers were abducted from Kenya's sprawling Dadaab refugee camp on Thursday.

And a British woman and a French woman have been kidnapped from remote beach resorts over the past month, dealing a major blow to Kenya's tourism industry.

Kenya's internal security minister, George Saitoti, announced on Saturday that forces would be sent to fight al-Qaeda inside Somalia.

Kenyan defence minister Yusuf Mohammed Haji said: "If you are attacked by an enemy, you are allowed to pursue that enemy until where you get him. We will force them far away from our border."

By Diane Evans

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