Families prepare for tough task of identifying bodies of slain KDF soldiers
23 January 2016, 11:11
Nairobi - Families may have to wait as long as 2 weeks to get bodies of slain KDF soldiers whilst others face up to the task of identifying the bodies.
A number of families News24 has spoken to say that they have been told to prepare for DNA testing which might take a couple of weeks while others have been told that there is clearance yet needed to be able to release the bodies.
The bodies of the soldiers are being stored at the Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi.
Isaac Kiprop, whose cousin John is among the ones who died says that they were informed by the KDF that they needed to head to Chiromo next week to hand over a DNA sample to help identify the body of his brother.
" We have received the bad news. It is sad but God's plan," he says.
The problem though for many families will be the time they will have to wait either to get the bodies or any news on their loved ones.
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" There has been no information. We will have to wait and see," he added.
A visit to the Mortuary did not bear any fruit as News24 were told that they could not get any information.
There were a number of military personnel at the site who politely asked that we leave.
" This is not the place to be to ask questions or take photos. I kindly ask that you ask KDF headquarters about any query," an officer said.
Tasked to state how many bodies were at the mortuary, the officer said "roughly 50".
The KDF has been tight lipped on the number of soldiers who died in the attack, with reports stating that they could be as many as 100.
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