Kenyan warplanes attack suspected militant positions
NAIROBI - The Associated Press
Red Cross staff console a woman after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, April 5, 2015. AP PhotoKenya launched air strikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said April 6.
Warplanes attacked positions of the Shebab militant group on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, said Col. David Obonyo of the Kenyan military.
Shebab, which is based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the college attack April 2 in the Kenyan town of Garissa. Four gunmen died in the assault.
The air strikes occurred in the Gedo region of Somalia, Obonyo said.
"This is part of continuing operations, not just in response to Garissa," he said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had vowed harsh measures against Shebab following the slaughter at Garissa, which is near the border with Somalia. Kenya has troops in Somalia as part of an African Union force to attack Shebab and shore up the beleaguered Somali government. Kenya has carried out air strikes before.
Shebab said it attacked students at Garissa College University as a reprisal for Kenya sending troops into Somalia.