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KDF soldier recounts hell of Shabaab attack

18 January 2016, 13:06 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A Kenya Defence Forces KDF soldier has recounted how the attack in Somalia that claimed the lives of upto 50 soldiers took place.

The soldier, whose name has been withheld as he is not allowed to speak on behalf of the military, stated that the attack caught them by complete surprise.

The attack which took place at a camp in Al Adde in the conflict torn country completely caught the sleeping soldiers by surprise.

" Most of those killed were asleep when the attack took place. It was rapid. We just heard an explosion then another one and then lots of gunfire and people screaming," he said on arrival in the country from Somalia Monday at the Wilson Airport.

The attack was well planned and even though there was some resistance from KDF officers, there could not be enough time to save the ones caught up early.

" It was sad because the ones who were killed died in the first three or four minutes of the attack. By the time we were regrouping they had killed many. It was shocking," he added.

Read alsoSlain KDF soldiers had spent only two days in Somalia

The KDF has not yet revealed the exact number of soldiers who died.

It has also denied that there was intelligence of the attack that was ignored, something the soldier alludes to.

" There was no alert. We were on the same high security level we usually have but there was no special alert of an impending attack," he added.

It is not yet clear whether there are any soldiers who have been captured by the Shabaab but according to the officer, there were many who could not be accounted for.

" Many were missing. We are not yet certain where they are," he added.

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