, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Bodies of Kenyan soldiers killed in Somalia during an attack on their camp will start arriving in Nairobi on Monday evening.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo made the announcement at the Wilson Airport on Monday morning when she received more than a dozen soldiers who survived the Friday attack that occurred at El Adde in Gedo region.
“This evening, we will receive our first group of our VIPs …our fallen heroes,” she said.
“They will arrive in the evening, and we will receive them. As a ministry of Defence and Kenya Defence Forces, we wish to thank Kenyans for their continued support and encouragement of our soldiers and of their families.”
Omamo, who was accompanied by the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, says the rescue and recovery operation is going on.
“Search, rescue and recovery operation is ongoing in the operational area,” she said.
The government has remained tight-lipped on the number of soldiers killed, wounded or missing after the attack.
On Sunday, four Kenya Defence Forces soldiers wounded during the attack in Somalia arrived in Nairobi.
Three of the soldiers could walk unassisted while the fourth had to be carried on a wheel chair to a waiting ambulance as he had severe injuries from the waist down.