Mystery over number of KDF soldiers killed in Somalia
18 January 2016, 18:21
Nairobi - The mystery surrounding the number of soldiers killed in the attack by Al Shabaab militants on a Kenya Defence Forces KDF camp in Somalia has heightened.
The KDF has yet to release a statement on the number of soldiers who were in the camp in Al Adde as well as the number of those who have been retrieved from the chaos of the attack.
According to Defence CS Raychelle Omamo, there is still no news on the number of dead.
According to the Shabaab on the other hand, there was as many as 100 officers killed and 12 kidnapped.
The soldiers on the ground though, who survived the attack said that there were as many as 200 soldiers in the camp.
" We were around 200 and we can see many missing as we speak. We are hopeful that many of them hid and will be found," a group of soldiers interviewed by News24 said.
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On the other hand, initial reports from the KDF stated that around 35 to 40 had been killed.
But the reports conflict some from the surviving soldiers.
" We were many and they hit the first section of the camp severely. There would normally be as many as 150 there," a soldier who wished not to be named added.
The government has in the meantime launched four helplines over the attack to help families of those slain in the attack.
They have helplines to Nairobi, Lanet, Eldoret and Mombasa barracks.
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