Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM , Says sorry to Kenya

Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM , Says sorry to Kenya

Fresh details emerged yesterday of how al Shabaab militants attacked an African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) base on Friday and killed Kenya Defense Forces soldiers.

Kenyatta has repeatedly said he would not be coerced into withdrawing Kenyan forces from Somalia, saying the troops are protecting Kenya.

On 17 January, Al-Shabaab's Radio Andalus broadcast the voices of two alleged Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers captured in the attack.

Military pallbearers stand to attention next to the coffins of four Kenyan soldiers who were killed in Somalia, at a ceremony to receive their bodies which were airlifted to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. There was no independent death toll.

"We embarked on a search, rescue and recovery operation as a priority", Gen. Samson Mwathethe, Kenya's military chief, told reporters Sunday in a press statement. Omamo warned that the operation area remained risky, volatile, and fluid, adding that soldiers remained at risk. It was not possible to verify that figure.

"Somalia is no longer a failed state", Mohamud said in a statement, which made no reference to the attack.

"Mujahideen fighters from the "Commander Saleh An-Nabhani Battalion" stormed the Kenyan base in the early hours of Friday morning, killing more than 100 Kenyan invaders, seizing their weapons and military vehicles and even capturing Kenyan soldiers alive", the group said.

Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM , Says sorry to Kenya
Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM , Says sorry to Kenya

Government officials and military officers were tight lipped on the number of Kenyan soldiers killed or who went missing during the attack described as the worst since Kenya sent its troops to the neighbouring country to fight the Al Shabaab insurgency.

Al-Shabaab has however, vowed reprisal attacks in the country, mainly targeting security forces in border towns of northern Kenya where dozens of people have been killed in landmine and grenade attacks blamed on the militant group.

African Union troops, government officials and foreigners are frequently targeted.

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