Defiant KDF soldiers vow to crush Al Shabaab
27 January 2016, 18:27
Nairobi - KDF soldiers vow to crush terror group Al Shabaab in Somalia in honour of their fallen colleagues killed in the attack on the Al Adde camp.
News24 interviewed a number of soldiers who knew members of the 9th Kenya Rifles officers who died in the attack in Al Adde.
Heartbroken, they stated that they are ready to continue the war in Somalia and win back the honour of their fallen colleagues and Kenya.
" We will not cry but fight in their honour. That is the best we can do for them and their families," a soldier who requested not to be named told News24.
There was a sombre mood in Eldoret's Moi Barracks KDF base Wednesday afternoon during an inter-denominational service for the departed soldiers led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and Somalia's head of state Sheikh Ahmed Mohamoud.
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Families of the dead as well as missing soldiers were in attendance as the memories of those who passed on were remembered.
KDF soldiers were also deep in reflection at the loss of what is suspected to be as many as 100 soldiers and some could not hold back their tears at the loss of their missing colleagues.
" I have lost many colleagues and it hurts like never before. It hurts bad," another soldier told News24.
The soldiers are not allowed to speak to the media in person.
President Uhuru Kenyatta later on reiterated that the war in Somalia will not end until the Al Shabaab threat is defeated, saying that the lives of those killed in the Al Adde attack would not disappear in vain.
" The President is right. We will and must fight to the end," yet another soldier told News24.
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