NAIROBI — Kenya is retaliating against al-Shabab for last week’s massacre of students at a Kenyan university, sending warplanes to bomb the extremist group’s camps in neighboring Somalia, officials said Monday.
Kenyan air force jets attacked al-Shabab positions Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, said Col. David Obonyo, a military spokesman.
Obonyo said the planes pounded camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, news agencies reported.
The Kenyan military had information that attacks inside Kenya have originated from those sites, the Reuters news agency said.
“Two camps hosting militants in Gondodowe and Sheikh Ismaili were destroyed,” Obonyo said, according to Bloomberg News. “We have been able to confirm that through satellite. A vehicle suspected to carry militants was also destroyed in Gondodowe.”
Gunmen killed 148 people Thursday in a predawn attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya. Almost all of those killed were students. Four gunmen also died in the assault.