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Slain KDF soldiers had spent only two days in Somalia

18 January 2016, 08:12

Nairobi - The KDF soldiers who were killed and injured in Somalia on Friday had only spent two days there, it has emerged.

The soldiers who belonged to 9th Kenya Rifles Formation in Eldoret are said to have been on their second tour of Somalia.

They had entered Somalia by road through Mandera, having left Eldoret two weeks ago.

According to Standard, KDF soldiers are deployed on rotational basis, with some being withdrawn after a certain period.

On Friday, Al Shabaab militants stormed an African Union base, killing dozens of KDF soldiers.

Read Also: President mourns troops killed by Al Shabaab in Somalia

A company of between 80 and 250 Kenyan soldiers was stationed at the base, according to the Defence CS Raychelle Omamo.

Officials have not given an official number of those killed, saying they had to inform next of kin and "verify" information before making it public.

A search mission has been ongoing, with reports indicating that some of those killed were highly dismembered and needed DNA sequencing of next of kin for identification.

Four wounded soldiers were Sunday airlifted back home for specialised treatment.

It had been confirmed that Al Shabaab were holding 12 soldiers, whom The Star reported were being used as human shields.

This being the third major onslaught on the troops, Kenyans have called for their redeployment back home.

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