Details of Al Shabaab attack on Kenyan forces emerge
SEE ALSO :Car bomb kills 61 people in MogadishuDepending on the extent of dismemberment, a few may be identified by the tag which bears the soldier's name, blood group and other details. Additional information on identity will come from debriefing of the injured but most information will be known from DNA sequencing of next of kin after collection of all available body parts from the scene of Kenya's worst battlefield carnage. Although KDF and Somalia National Army (SNA) work in collaboration and the Somali forces are considered friendly forces, there is little or no interaction between soldiers and even SNA commanders are not allowed into KDF camps. Foot patrols SNA forces are often lightly armed and lack enough armour.
SEE ALSO :Puzzle of terror raid on US baseThe investigation also seeks to establish reports that some local residents and elements within the SNA aided the assault on the KDF camp. The audit, according to sources, also seeks to assess intelligence if any, laxity and reconnaissance failures, review relations with SNA and establish whether anything could have been done to destroy the VBIED before it went deep into the KDF camp. A military official told The Standard that a section of the local population appears to have aided the planning of the attack, beginning with the secretive insertion of the VBIED days or weeks before Friday's carnage. The official ,who cannot be named, told The Standard that "we received reports that the entire population of El Adde fled the town about three hours before the attack, which means they were aware something was about to happen." But the official reports that this behaviour is a bit unusual because the civilian population in these areas tend to flee conflict zones days in advance fearing to be caught up in skirmishes "but in this case they stayed behind until the last moments, which means either they co-operated in the preparations in order not to alert the KDF reconnaissance teams if they fled en masse or were coerced to stay." Barre's birthplace Most of the ethnic Marehan in Gedo resent KDF and consider them to be supportive of their ethnic rivals the Ogaden who now control Kismayu port. Marehan warlords lost control of Kismayu many years ago and Gedo region was the birthplace of Islamic movements after the collapse of the Siyaad Barre regime in 1991. Historically, it also has a strong martial history, being the late Barre's birthplace and backbone of his military. Relations between KDF and the local Marehan population have been frosty since KDF's invasion in 2011 and El Adde's capture in December that year. Ethnic Marehan provide the bulk of Al Shabaab militants in Gedo region but relations between them and KDF and elements within SNA have been frosty since the detention of SNA's top military official in that region Brigadier Abbas Gure in Kismayu several years ago. Two years ago Gure was detained in Kismayu, apparently by KDF and Ras Kamboni Brigade fighters. Relations between Abbas, who now is stationed in Bardheere which is held by Ethiopian and Kenyan forces, and Mohamed Hersi Islam Madhobe, the interim president of Jubbaland are frosty. Meanwhile we also established that the VBIEDs used in the attack were made from an Armoured Personnel Carrier captured from Burundian peacekeepers last year and taken to the outskirts of El Adde from Wargadud, 40km north of El Adde. It is believed that it was either towed or pulled painstakingly for days, most possibly at night to evade detection by KDF's reconnaissance.
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