Kenyan Special Operations soldiers, operating near the Somalian border, have killed six al-Shabaab fighters while capturing another early on Friday, officials reported. 

North Eastern Regional Commissioner, Nick Dalana, confirmed that the terrorists were killed by a Kenya Army (KDF) Special Operations Team (SOT) at Jirole in Ijara Sub-County. British Special Air Service (SAS) and U.S. commandos have been training and advising the SOTs. 

On Thursday, several locals from Moyale Town in the border of Kenya and Ethiopia reported that five civilians were killed by gunmen, alleging that the gunmen were Ethiopian soldiers. The locals stated that the civilians had been killed on claims of harboring rebels.

Early on Friday morning, there were reports of Kenyan and Ethiopian soldiers clashing on the highway that separates the two countries. Kenya and Ethiopia have been having a territorial dispute over lands in Kenya’s north border.

Meanwhile, Kenya is also having a border dispute with Somalia and there were reports of violent clashes between Somali armed forces and forces loyal to Ahmed Madobe, the leader of Jubbaland, which is one of Somalia’s five semiautonomous states. During the fighting, at least 11 people were killed in the Somali border town of Bula-hawo.

Kenyan officials said that the fighting spilled over into their territory after Somali troops pursued Madobe’s Jubbaland forces that had crossed over the border. The Kenyans have said that they are considering annexing parts of Somalia to keep the terrorists of al-Shabaab out of Kenya. 

They accuse Somalia of allowing al-Shabaab terrorists to infiltrate and recruit suicide bombers from refugee camps populated with Somalis fleeing war. Al-Shabaab terrorists have conducted numerous attacks in Kenya to attempt to force Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia.

Kenya contributes about 4,000 troops to the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia but has reportedly deployed many more, especially in the disputed area of Gedo. Gedo is an area along the coast where the two countries have had an ongoing dispute over oil and gas rights in a 100,000 square-mile stretch of the Indian Ocean.