Kenya denies Somali claims that 180 KDF soldiers died in Al Adde attack
25 February 2016, 22:48
Nairobi - At least 180 Kenyan troops were killed when Al Shabaab attacked their El Adde base on January 15, Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has said.
The Standard reported that the BBC said President Mohamud gave the death toll of 180 in an interview with a Somali television station, while defending his attendance at a memorial for the soldiers in Kenya.
"When 180 or close to 200 soldiers who were sent to us are killed in one day in Somalia, it's not easy," he told Somali Cable TV.
Kenya is yet to officially state the number of those killed.
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According to The Star though, Kenya has denied the number handed out by the Somalis and said that the figures are way too high.
KDF spokesman David Obonyo told the Star on phone on Thursday that the matter of the number of casualties in the ambush by al Shabaab should not be trivialised.
A company is a military unit led by a Major or Captain, comprising three platoons each commanded by a Lieutenant with a total number of between 80 and 250.
This far, funerals of the dead have been going on quietly across the country with the government not keen on making any public announcements about the number of dead.
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