Kenyan warplanes bombed two key camps of the militant group Al-Shabaab Sunday, following a brutal assault on a university last week that left 148 dead and dozens injured, a military spokesman announced.
The airstrikes hit the terror group’s camps in a remote region in neighboring Somalia, Kenyan military spokesman David Obonyo said in a press conference Monday.
But Al-Shabaab has denied that the camps were hit, saying the strikes merely took out remote farms instead.
The strikes were a response to the worst attack on Kenyan soil at the hands of the terror group so far. Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed Garissa University College Thursday, killing 148 people in a brutal and violent attack. The al Qaeda-linked group has killed more than 148 people in Kenya in the last two years, Reuters reports. The group was also responsible for a massive shooting at a Westgate mall in 2013.
Kenya has been under enormous pressure to retaliate against the militants. They announced Monday that aerial images showed that the camps were “completely destroyed.”
But Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Masab, Al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman said “Kenya has not targeted any of our bases,” according to Reuters.
Al-Shabaab has said it is at war with Kenya and demanded the withdrawal of troops sent to Somalia in 2011 in an attempt to assist the unstable government in Mogadishu, which continues to struggle against the militant group’s onslaught.