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We are unbowed, Kenyatta says in mourning fallen KDF soldiers

Storyline:National News, Security
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta inspecting a guard of honor during visit to KDF forces in Dhobley Somalia last year. Photo: State House Nairobi|March 18, 2017

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned the attack on his troops Sunday which claimed nine soldiers vowing the assault will not deter his country’s efforts in pacifying Somalia.

Kenyatta confirmed the death of nine soldiers in the IED attack in Dhobley Sunday and mourned the soldiers whom he said had serves the nation with honour and sacrifice.

“Earlier today, I was appalled and saddened to learn that we had lost nine young patriots to a cowardly terrorist attack in Somalia,” he said in a statement.

“These men gave their lives for their country, and for peace; we must, and we will, honour their service, their sacrifice and their valour,” the Kenyan leader added.

Kenyatta noted his country will pursue the mission for which “They (KDF) gave everything will continue until the evil terrorists of Al Shabaab are defeated, and the people of Somalia are safe once more. We owe victory to the fallen. You may be sure we will win, for we have right and might on our side.”

Military sources told Goobjoog News the IED was planted on a flooded road as the soldiers returned after escorting supplies convoys. “The militants may have got information the soldiers would return and they rigged the road which was flooded with IEDs,” the military official who sought anonymity said.

Al-Shabaab claimed the responsibility for the attack adding it killed 15 soldiers.