A Kenyan military spokesman says that eight Kenyan serviceman have been killed since Kenya sent troops into Somalia a month ago.
Col. Cyrus Oguna says that three were killed by Somali gunmen and five died in a helicopter crash at the start of the operation. Three more have been wounded.
He told journalists Saturday that Somalis were helping Kenyan soldiers find the bases of Somalia's al-Shabab insurgents. He said there had been four gun battles between Kenyan troops and al-Shabab militants this week.
Kenya sent troops into Somalia a month ago after a string of attacks by Somali gunmen on Kenyan soil. Kenya has long advocated establishing a buffer state in Somali territory along the two countries' shared border.