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Kenya flies home 30 more injured soldiers in Somalia attack

Monday January 18, 2016

Kenya on Monday airlifted 30 more soldiers injured in an Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia back to the capital Nairobi for treatment.

The soldiers are part of the African Union force battling Islamist group Al-Shabaab. Their camp in El-Adde, southern Somalia was attacked by the militants last Friday.

Four injured soldiers were flown back on Sunday. The authorities have set up 24-hour helplines for the families and friends of the injured soldiers.

Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo who received the soldiers said Kenyan soldiers would not be withdrawn from Somalia "until they defeat Al-Shabaab".

Al-Shabaab claims to have killed 100 Kenyan soldiers in the attack.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed his country lost soldiers but the official figures are yet to be released.

Omamo said the first batch of the soldiers' remains would be flown back in the evening.


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