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Kenyan troops withdraw from strategic town as pressure from Alshabaab increases
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Kenyan troops withdraw from strategic town as pressure from Alshabaab increases

Kenyan Defense Forces that are part of African Union Peace Keeping troops in Somalia AMISOM have withdrawn from strategic town of Bardere. The troops withdrawal comes just days after armed group Alshabaab attacked and took over town near Kenyan border briefly before retreating back. Residents said the Kenyan Defense Forces torched temporary bases they withdraw from in Bardere shortly before they left the agricultural town. They took over the town two years ago with the help from Somali National Army from armed group Alshabaab. Analyst believe the move was as result of increasing armed group Alshabaab attacks inside Kenya and upcoming Presidential elections set on October. Kenyan military crossed over into Somalia on late 2011 under the guise threats of national security by Alshabaab to its main economy tourism along the coastal borders