PRESS STATEMENT BY THE CABINET SECRETARY OF DEFENCE RAYCHELL OMAMO ON THE 17TH JANUARY 2016
First , may I on behalf of the Ministry of Defense , once again convey our deepest condolences , sympathy and wavering support to the families , relatives and friends of KDF solders who have fallen or been injured in the brazen terrorist attack on the AMISOM base at Elade, in Gedo region of Jubaland , Somali.
We express our profound gratitude to all Kenyans who have rallied behind KDF . We thank you for your spontaneous support and encouragement , for your resolve , for your commitment to our solders , for you recognition and appreciation of their , courage, their effort and sacrifices in the defense of their nation, our freedoms , our constitution , our values and way of life . Thank you for uplifting the spirit of our solders , thank you for standing with KDF .
We commend our solders for their resolve in the face of the existential threats arising from the terrorist groups in Somalia and we condemn in the strongest possible terms and barbaric attack that occurred on Friday . The Kenya Defense Forces will continue, in consult with our allies , to face , tackle and fight the enemy of peace and freedom in our region . In this we will not relent.
The MINISTRY OF DEFENCE wishes to confirm the following:
The attack was carried out by terrorists using vehicle bomb improvised explosive devices (VBIED), commandeering by suicide bombers.
The solders affected by the attack are a company size force .
Such , rescue and recovery operations have been ongoing since the attack and will continue until all our soldiers have been recovered .
The operation area remains dangerous, volatile and fluid and solders still remain at risk .
Information regarding casualties and the fallen will be availed to the affected families directly as rescue, recovery, verification and consolidation operations continue .
Support facilities for the family members, relatives and friends of our fallen heros have been established at KDF barracks at Eldoret, Gilgil and forces memorial hospital . Information and counseling services are being provided to them through this mechanism .
We ask that you continue to hold up our soldiers and their families in prayer and to respect their privacy during this time of sorrow and uncertainty .
Finally I wish to state that this attack will not rest an answered , we have responded , we have engaged the perpetrators decisively and remain in full pursuit of them . The atrocious terrorist attack, though extremely painful to us as a nation , will not dampen the determination of our solders in the fight against terrorism . On the contrary the attack serves to strengthen their resolve in face of terror and in the defense of our nation . We are proud of our solders. Let us stand firm.
Thank you all and may God bless you