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KDF officer hid in cave for three days after Somali attack

21 January 2016, 17:02 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A KDF officer hid in a cave for three days before being eventually saved after the Somalia attack which claimed the lives of many of his colleagues.

The officer who asked that his name be withheld stated that the explosion that took place at the beginning of the attack was the main reason for the high number of casualties.

" The explosions were huge. They were the ones that killed many soldiers," he said of the attack.

He says that there were as many as 200 soldiers in the camp in Al Adde at the time and that he quickly run in the opposite direction when the explosion took place and gunfire erupted.

" It was a huge blast and then gunfire. It was very dark too so I just crawled as low as I could and when I saw clear field I run as fast as I could," he stated.

He says he hid until Sunday when officers who were on a rescue mission found him.

Read alsoKDF confirms many soldiers missing from Somalia attack

" I thank God that I am alive but my heart is heavy from the loss of so many of my colleagues," he added.

KDF Chief Samson Mwathethe in a briefing Thursday confirmed that the two blasts were the key reason for the high number of casualties.

" The blasts were three times as big as the 1998 bomb blast. It was huge," he said, also stating that many of the bodies received will need DNA testing to confirm identities.

" As you can imagine, many of the bodies are badly damaged," he added.

It is estimated that between 60 to 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the attack with many more yet to be found.

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