Lingering questions a year after deadly attack on Kenyan troops

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud lays a wreath at Moi Barracks in Eldoret on January 27, 2016 in honour of KDF soldiers killed in El-Adde, Somalia on January 15, 2016 by Shabaab militants. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • For several hours, Kenyan troops pinned down by heavy weaponry and artillery bombardments could not defend the camp perimeters.
  • One year later, the military is still investigating what transpired on that fateful day.
  • KDF spread the burial of the fallen soldiers over several months so that journalists could “lose interest” covering the burial ceremonies and the public tired from following.

Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Battle for El-Adde, where Kenyan troops were ambushed by al-Shabaab militants, leading to one of the heaviest defeats in modern peace operations.


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