Al-Shabab killed ‘180 Kenyan troops’

Military pallbearers lift a coffins of 4 Kenyan soldiers who were killed in Somalia, during a rite to accept their bodies that were airlifted to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, 18 Jan 2016Image copyright

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The killed infantry were partial of an African Union force in Somalia

At slightest 180 Kenyan infantry were killed when al-Shabab pounded their bottom final month, Somalia’s boss has said.

Kenya’s army pronounced a array was untrue, though again refused to give a possess misadventure total for a conflict in a southern Somali bottom of el-Ade.

The Islamist belligerent organisation pronounced it had killed about 100 Kenyan troops.

If it is reliable that 180 infantry were killed, it would be al-Shabab’s deadliest conflict given it was shaped scarcely a decade ago.

Its prior many lethal conflict was a murdering of 148 people in a day-long conflict on Garissa University College in north-eastern Kenya final April.

Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud gave a genocide fee of 180 in an talk with a Somali radio station, while fortifying his assemblage during a commemorative for a soldiers in Kenya.

Some Somalis indicted him on amicable media of display larger regard for a murdering of Kenyans than his possess nationals.

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President Mohamud pronounced it was critical to compensate reverence to a infantry killed in el-Ade, that is in Somalia’s south-western segment of Gedo.

“When 180 or tighten to 200 soldiers who were sent to us are killed in one day in Somalia, it’s not easy,” he told Somali Cable TV.

“The soldiers have been sent to Somalia to assistance us get assent in a country, and their families are assured that they died while on duty,” he added.

‘Counted bodies’

Kenyan army orator David Obonyo pronounced a Somali president’s information was untrue.

“Ask a source of a information to explain it. Maybe he knows his sources,” he told a BBC.

“Secondly, we should stop trivializing a dead. They are not small statistics. They ought to be treated with honour and respect,” Col Obonyo added.

Analysis: Tomi Oladipo, BBC Africa confidence correspondent

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Wounded soldiers were flown to Kenya for treatment

The el-Ade conflict was hugely annoying for Kenya, and it is not startling that it has deserted a Somali president’s figure though giving a own. Kenya’s supervision presumably fears that confirming a high genocide fee would fuel doubts among Kenyans about a infantry participation in Somalia.

It is misleading where Mr Mohamud got a figure from, and either he had had intentionally disclosed it, something that could aria tactful family with Kenya.

Kenya’s infantry is clearly dissapoint with him, though it has formerly pronounced that a company-sized battalion, customarily done adult of 100 to 250 men, was targeted by a militants.

And there is no doubt that this was a bloodiest conflict on Kenyan infantry given they crossed into Somalia in 2011, even if a accurate genocide fee stays unclear.

The Kenyan army has sought punish for a attack, carrying out a array of atmosphere strikes opposite suspected al-Shabab bases in southern Somalia, even observant that it has killed a group’s comprehension chief, a explain a militants deny.

Mr Mohamud’s figure is identical to that a village personality in el-Ade gave to a BBC Somali use after a conflict on 15 January.

He had counted about 190 bodies, he said.

It is misleading because al-Shabab put a array of killed during about 100, though one probability is that it released racial Somalis who were Kenyan soldiers, correspondents say.

After a attack, Kenya pronounced a bombs used by al-Shabab were 3 times some-more absolute than those used by al-Qaeda in a 1998 US embassy conflict in a capital, Nairobi, that left 224 people dead.

Its infantry withdrew from el-Ade 11 days after a attack.

Kenya has about 4,000 infantry in a 22,000-strong African Union force battling al-Shabab, that is partial of al-Qaeda, in Somalia.