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Survivors of Al Shabaab attack arrive in Nairobi

January 17th, 2016 1 min read


Four Kenyan soldiers who were injured when Al-Shabaab militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) base in Somalia arrived at the Wilson Airport, Nairobi Sunday morning aboard two civilian planes.

Present to receive them were the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and the Cabinet Secretary for Defence Rachel Omamo.

Three of the soldiers could walk unassisted while the fourth one had to be carried on a wheel chair to a waiting ambulance as he had severe injuries from the waist downwards.

Gen Mwathethe revealed that during the Friday attack, three vehicles loaded with explosives and several suicide bombers attacked the Amisom base at El-Adde in Gedo region of Jubaland in Somalia.


The military boss said the search, rescue and recovery operation was ongoing for soldiers who escaped the attack.

“As we speak, the search, rescue and recovery operation is ongoing as a matter of priority. We have also pursued the enemies and have so effectively and severely degraded them,” he said.

He said both the KDF and Somali National Army (NSA) camps were hit during the attack which led to the death of several soldiers.

The number of those killed was not revealed with CS Omamo urging Kenyans to be patient. She said authorities would give more information after informing the affected families.