NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has
mourned the death of nine soldiers who were killed after the
vehicle they were traveling in was hit by improvised explosive
device (IED) near the Somalia-Kenya border on Sunday.
Kenyatta said the deceased who were part of the African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) gave their lives for their country
and vowed never to relent until al-Shabab terrorists are flushed
out of Somalia.
"Earlier today, I was appalled and saddened to learn that we
had lost nine young patriots to a cowardly terrorist attack in
"These men gave their lives for their country, and for peace;
we must, and we will, honour their service, their sacrifice and
their valor," he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
The soldiers were returning to Dhobley town near the
Kenya-Somalia border through Dagalema route from Dadaab in
northeast Kenya when their vehicle was hit by the IED.
The IED suspected to have been laid by al-Shabab militants
massively damaged the military vehicle which was part of a
Two other soldiers who sustained serious injuries during the
incident have since been airlifted to Wajir in northeast Kenya
for specialized treatment.
Kenyatta said the mission for which the deceased gave
everything will continue until the "evil terrorists of al-Shabab
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. May God rest the souls
of our warriors, and may he grant their families the courage to
bear this loss," said Kenyatta.
Dhobley town is located at the Somali border with Kenya and
is one of the towns which have enjoyed relative peace in the
Eight Kenyan soldiers
killed, two injured in explosive attack in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Eight Kenyan soldiers were killed and two
others seriously injured after an improvised explosive device (IED)
hit a military vehicle near the Somali town of Dhobley on
Military officials in both Kenya and Somalia on Monday
confirmed the attack, which happened at about 4 p.m. local time.
The Kenyan soldiers are part of the African Union
peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM). They were returning to
the town near the Kenya-Somalia border through the Dagalema
route from Dadaab, in northeast Kenya.
The IED damaged the military vehicle the Kenyan soldiers were
One official from the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) confirmed
that the attack killed eight and injured two.
"The lull witnessed in the recent past points to al-Shabab
planning phase to deploy IED in the upcoming Ramadan period.
"Based on the past experience, al-Shabab deploy IEDs in the
theater by consignments and it’s very likely that similar
consignments have been deployed to other MSRs (main supply
routes)," the Kenyan official added.
The official said the two soldiers who sustained serious
injuries have been airlifted to Wajir in northeast Kenya for
Somali officials in Gedo region also confirmed the incident,
saying several KDF soldiers were injured.
Al-Qaida-allied militant group al-Shabab has claimed
responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters killed 15
Gedo residents said the military vehicle was in a convoy on
patrol when it was hit by a massive explosion.
"I saw the bodies of eight Kenyan soldiers and two others
badly injured in the explosion," said a Somali military
Dhobley town, located at the Somali border with Kenya, is one
of the towns which have enjoyed relative peace in southern
Kenyan police arrest
couple over al-Shabab links
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police said on Monday that they are
holding a couple suspected to be financiers and logistical
operatives for al-Shabab militant group.
The police said the 42-year-old Yassin Abdille Hussein, also
known as Abu Sumeiya, and his wife, Fartun Mohammed Guleid, 41,
were arrested in Eastleigh residential estate in Nairobi.
The two are believed to be accomplices of a key al-Shabab
operative in Mandera, Abdiweli Mohamed Guleid, who was the
mastermind of a November 2014 attack on non-Muslims on a bus,
the police said in a statement.
The couple, who have various businesses whose finances are
channeled to supporting militant activities, left Gedo region in
Somalia and has been operating in Kenya using fake documents.
An inquiry on how they were able to open businesses and
operate in the country under false documentation is also under
investigation, with initial reports indicating that the two have
been channeling funds to Guleid for over five years now.
Meanwhile, police are said to be hunting down five wanted
terrorists from Wajir, in northeast Kenya, who are said to be
operating under the command of Guleid.
"Our field officers are pursuing the suspects to effect their
arrest. We however suspect they may have crossed over to Somalia
to avoid capture. We therefore call upon members of the public
to continue being vigilant and report in case they are sighted
anywhere," the police statement said.
United Nations expert
calls for release of abducted children in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
A United Nations human rights expert on Friday
called for the immediate release of all children kidnapped or
recruited as fighters in armed conflict in Somalia.
Bahame Tom Nyanduga, the UN Independent Expert on the
situation of human rights in Somalia, also condemned recent
terrorist attacks in the country and urged action to stop use of
children in armed conflict.
"The abduction of children by the al-Shabab group and their
recruitment and use by government security forces in the armed
conflict constitute a grave violation of the children’s rights,"
Nyanduga said in a statement issued in Mogadishu at the end of a
six-day mission to assess the human rights situation in the
He however lauded Somali government for measures taken so far
to rehabilitate children captured in combat, and for recognizing
that such children were victims.
The rights expert urged the authorities to act now to stop
children being used in the fighting, calling on the government
to build rehabilitation centres to address the plight of
children associated with al-Shabab.
He also wanted to see a strengthening of the justice sector,
in particular the police, judiciary, related ministries and
other institutions crucial for underpinning security sector
The UN rights expert welcomed action by both the government
and the international community to reduce loss of life from
famine, but made clear that more had to be done urgently to help
thousands of people forced to leave their homes because of
"The government must commit itself to addressing this
recurring problem by adopting a range of durable solutions,
including the relocation of victims to higher ground," the
He lauded the government for some human rights improvements,
including ending the practice of executing in public those
convicted of terrorism-related offences, but made clear there
was still much more to be done to improve human rights generally
"There has been a considerable improvement in the right to
freedom of expression and opinion compared to the previous year,
but I am still receiving reports of harassment, intimidation,
arrest and detention without trial of journalists. I call on the
government to ensure respect for the right of freedom of
expression and opinion, and a free media," the expert said.