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El Adde camp had 240 soldiers when Al Shabaab struck

20 January 2016, 09:44

Nairobi - The El Adde camp in Somalia had 240 soldiers when Al Shabaab struck on Friday, it has emerged.

According to The Star, KDF shared the compound with Somali National Army and had already received intelligence about an impending attack days before the Friday assault.

The incident began at 4 a.m. when a suicide bomber drove a car loaded with explosives into the gate of the militant camp.

KDF troops from a nearby camp launched a counter strike with gunners and mobile artillery but met heavy resistance in a full-blown battle involving mortars.

Read Also: Kenya in 'search and rescue' as Al Shabaab claims 100 killed

Over 60 KDF soldiers died in the attack and scores wounded, but the Somali side allegedly did not suffer any casualty as they had already left hours before the attack.

So far, 30 wounded soldiers and remains of four slain have been flown home even as the KDF continue with search and rescue mission.

Standard reports that the Commander in charge of the El Adde camp is among those missing, with further reports indicating that wounded soldiers are now turning up at El Wak border which is about 100 KM from the scene of Friday’s attack.

Earlier, reports had indicated that about 12 soldiers were being held by the Al Shabaab.

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