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There were between 40-70 Shabaab attackers, KDF officer says

19 January 2016, 16:55 William Korir

Nairobi - A Kenya Defence Forces KDF officer says that he saw between 40-70 Al Shabaab militants during the attacks on a camp in Somalia.

The officer, Joseph Muganda, who spoke to News24 says that he saw a vehicle break the barricade using explosives and another follow it through to release two car bombs.

He added that the camp was caught unaware as there had been no report of any potential attacks and that many of the soldiers killed in the attack could not defend themselves.

" Immediately we heard the explosion and gunfire we know it was going to be a problem," he said on arrival in the country. He also said that they were a good number of militants and looked well armed.

" They were well armed," he added.

Read alsoWe acted quickly, KDF soldiers say of Somalia attack

He says that he hid in nearby bushes until the attack subsided and there was back-up.

" We hid with some colleagues until backup arrived then we were rescued," he added.

Muganda is among 45 soldiers that have already been rescued back home following the attack.

It is estimated that close to 60 officers died in the attacks, though it is not yet clear officially what the number is as the KDF is yet to make it official.

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