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Questions raised of KDF intelligence in Somalia attack

19 January 2016, 15:36 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - As the bodies of slain Kenya Defence Forces KDF arrive back in the country, questions have now turned to how and why the camp was attacked too easily.

The attack by the Shabaab in Al Adde in Somalia Friday cost the lives of between 60 and 100 soldiers with some of them still thought to be missing.

The KDF has yet to release an official statement over the attack or the exact numbers of soldiers dead injured or missing.

It has also yet to state who were in-charge of the camp or region in Somalia and what exactly transpired.

And with lack of information still a problem, questions have now turned to the attack and how it happened and why it happened.

Sources have told News24 that there was indeed prior information on the attack but that it was general and no exact date or time had been mentioned.

It is understood that the command in Somalia was aware of the attack but it is not yet clear why it was not acted upon or if it was, how well the Shabaab were prepared.

" The information was there and they had been informed. Why the attack still claimed so many lives is not clear," the source that wished not to be named told News24.

Read alsoMystery over number of KDF soldiers killed in Somalia

However, military spokesperson Lt David Obonyo says that they are not ready to comment on the matter.

" A comprehensive report will be released in due course and such details will be known," he said when asked.

Reports from officers who were on the ground stated that there was plenty of officers who were asleep when the attack happened. Why that is so is yet to be known.

What is certain is that the high number of casualties must mean that the officers were caught off guard.

" In security terms, losing all those soldiers means that there was a serious laxity in security," security expert Samuel Onyango told News24.

" To attack a camp of about 200 well trained and armoured soldiers is no easy feat and to kill as many as they did means there was either an insider who leaked information or there was just lack of intelligence," he added.

The KDF has remained tight lipped on the allegations.

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