Kenya to Probe Civilian Deaths in Somalia

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenya says it is investigating reports of civilian deaths stemming from the country's military campaign in Somalia.

The probe comes days after aid group Doctors Without Borders said five people were killed when Kenyan airstrikes hit a camp for internally displaced people in the southern Somali town of Jilib.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Tuesday that any death that has occurred as a result of the military operation will be investigated thoroughly.

Kenya sent an undisclosed number of troops across the border last month to fight militant group al-Shabab, which it blames for a series of kidnappings of foreigners on Kenyan soil.

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Somali Red Crescent have urged both sides to take “all feasible precautions” to minimize and prevent death and injuries to civilians.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan military has warned residents of 10 Somali towns where al-Shabab has a presence that those areas will likely come under attack.

Kenyan military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said Tuesday that the towns include Baidoa, the port city of Kismayo, and Afgoye, which is located near the capital Mogadishu.