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Somalia to investigate KDF airstrikes in Gedo region
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Somalia to investigate KDF airstrikes in Gedo region

The Ministry of Defense of the Federal Government of Somalia has announced that the government is investigating alleged airstrikes by the Kenyan Defense forces (KDF) in Gedo region. A statement from the Ministry of Defense said it had received reports of new airstrikes on the headquarters of Hormuud, Somalia’s largest telecom company in Gedo region. The Ministry of Defense also said that it was in contact with AMISOM and other security partners in Somalia to determine the cause of the airstrike. The government expressed its regret at any act of violence against Somali citizens and extended its comfort to Hormuud's business community. Kenya defence forces troops serving under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has not yet commented on the matter. Somalia has in the past accused Kenya forces of airstrikes that killed civilians in Gedo region. The two East African nations have had frosty relations for years and over the ownership of an area of their shared Indian Ocean coastline which the ICJ the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled largely in favour of Somalia last year. Kenya contributes more than 3,600 troops to the Africa Union mission helping the UN-backed government tackle al-Shabab in Somalia.

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