KDF Soldier killed in Somalia laid to rest in Likoni

KDF Soldier killed in Somalia laid to rest in Likoni

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Soldiers carry the coffin of their slain colleague who was killed in action in Somalia in 2016. PHOTO:FILE

A KDF soldier killed in action following an Al shabaab attack on their military camp in El ade in Somalia two weeks ago,was Thursday laid to rest at Mshale Cemetery in Likoni sub county Mombasa.

Sergent Juma Zahoro Juma had been in Somalia since last year as part of AMISOM military mission keeping peace in wartorn Somalia.

The government has remained mum on the number of KDF soldiers killed by the Al-shabaab militants who have claimed to have killed over 100 KDF soldiers.The government has denied the assertion.

The burial was perfomed according to Islamic rites unlike special ceremonies, as per the KDF norm whereby it is punctuated by military traditions that include gun salutes, draping the coffin with National flag and placing a soldier’s cap and medals on the casket.

Thousands of mourners thronged to the home of deceased Juma Zahoro Juma in Consolata area where his remains were viewed only by a few members of family.

The body arrived at his home at 1:20pm under the escort of military personnel.

However, KDF did not allow viewing of the remains due to condition to the state of the body, only allowing close family members the rite.

“Kulingana na hali ilivyo kwa sasa hatuwezi kuruhusu mwili wa marehemu utizamwe- Due to the condition of the body we will not allow the mourners o view it” one of the military officer who had accompanied the body said.

According to one of the family member who spoke to Baraka fm,the deceased had worked in the military for over ten years before he met his death.

He left behind a widow and three Children age between 7 and 15.

Al shabaab militants drove three vehicles heavily laden with explosives into the KDF camps and then detonated.

According to reports, more suicide bombers entered the camp with devastating aftermath.

Some KDF troops are reportedly still held captive by the al-Shabaab terrorists and some of the captured are allegedly being used as human shields.

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