British soldiers deployed to Somalia to counter terrorism

70 soldiers will be deployed to Somalia this year Credit: Reuters

British troops have arrived in Somalia in a bid to tackle the threat from Islamists militants.

The soldiers are the first of up to 70 personnel to be deployed to the east African country as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Extremist group al-Shabab has a strong foothold in the war-torn state.

The military personnel, from Force Troop Command, 1 Div and Field Army training, will offer medical, engineering and logistical support to the African Union Mission in Somalia

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the move reinforces the UK's commitment to targeting terrorism around the world.