Kenya’s president regrets loss of Kenyan lives in Somalia

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has confirmed in a statement that Kenyan soldiers were killed in the early morning al-Shabab attack on an African Union – or Amisom – base in Somalia, where Kenyan soldiers were stationed. BBC reports
Earlier, Kenya’s ministry of defence had denied that the Kenyans were the target, but Mr Kenyatta said the Amisom camp has been attacked.
He added: “Our gallant soldiers reacted swiftly to protect their camp… Regrettably, some of our patriots in uniform paid the ultimate price. It is heart-breaking.”
He said that Kenya would not “be cowed by these cowards” who carried out the attack and “we will hunt down the criminals involved in today’s events”.
Mr Kenyatta didn’t specify how many Kenyan soldiers had died.
Al-Shabab had said earlier they had killed more than 60 people but this was dismissed as propaganda by the Kenyans.

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