An audio has been released to the internet by Alshabab of the two KDF soldiers captured during somalia Gede Attack. You can download the audio here .
Clips of the audio of captured KDF soldiers in Somalia are transcribed below:
“My name is Isaac Balewa, and I’m aged about 50 years old. I’m part of the Kenya Defense Force personnel serving in Somalia…in El Adde in Gedo region. I’m Luhya by tribe. I have a wife and several children…Yesterday in the morning, we were attacked by al-Shabaab and in the process some of my colleagues were killed, and some of us have been taken hostage by al-Shabaab. We are in their custody as prisoners of war. The attack happened on Friday, 15 of January at around 5 am. Now when the attack happened, our camp was naturally overrun and many of our colleagues were actually killed and others were injured. In the process, we were taken as prisoners of war…I’m appealing to the government of Kenya, and the African Union to facilitate our release peacefully from al-Shabaab so that we can go one with our daily lives.”
“My name is Lawrence Rinui Kamau, a Kenyan citizen, working under [the] KDF (Kenya Defense Forces)…I am from [the] central [part] of Kenya, Kiambu county. I am a Kikuyu by tribe. I have a wife and two children back home. I’m aged 30. I’ve worked in the service for 7 years. I’ve been working in Somalia for two weeks now, whereby on 15 January 2016, camp was raided by al-Shabaab, whereby they overpowered us and overran the camp. Most of our friends were killed and some were injured and we were taken as hostages and now we are…prisoners of war…”
LISTEN TO AUDIO HERE : SOMALIANEWSROOM