Kenyan forces have killed at least five Ethiopian fighters from the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in an operation to flush the rebels out of the country’s north, a local official and residents said Saturday.
OLF rebels have made repeated raids inside Kenya to attack individuals they accuse of opposing the Oromo’s quest for secession. Kenya has conducted several missions to force the militants who also often use Kenya as a hideout back across the border.
“So far we have received reports about the killing of five OLF rebels. I am informed those killed could number even more,” Moyale District Commissioner Joshua Nkatha said by telephone.
Three Kenyan paramilitary troops were injured in the clash.