A 274 page report by a United Nations monitoring group published on Friday, November 4, has revealed that some Kenya Defense Forces soldiers are still being held by the al-Shabaab terrorist group.
These soldiers were captured during the El-Adde attack on a KDF base in January 2016.
“Since their abduction, the group has received information concerning the changing whereabouts and status of the captives, which is shared with the Kenyan authorities through an intermediary,” read the report.
One of these soldiers was recorded on camera asking the Kenyan government to negotiate his release as well as withdraw Kenyan troops from Somalia.
The eight minute video was that of 40-year-old Leonard Maingi from Makueni county. The video was released on September 28, 2016.
“As soldiers, we obeyed your instructions and crossed into Somalia. We then went ahead to El Adde where we were attacked on January 15. We tried fighting but we were defeated and weapons seized,” said Maingi.
The El-Adde attack was the deadliest attack on Kenyan forces, followed by the Garissa University College massacre where over 140 students were killed in cold blood.
The report also finally confirmed that 150 Kenyan soldiers were killed in the northern Somalia town. 12 civilians were also killed.
This comes after the figure was said to be between 180 and 250 according to Somalia’s President Hassan Sheik Mohamud and reports from the terrorist group.