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Government denies 16 Kenyan soldiers killed

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By | Oct 18th 2009 | 1 min read

The Government on Saturday denied claims that armed Sudanese tribesmen shot dead 16 Kenyan soldiers on the border between Kenya and Sudan.

The Government Spokesman, Dr Alfred Mutua, admitted there were skirmishes but denied reports by Reuters that Kenyan soldiers had died. He said there were no casualties.

Earlier, Reuters reported that members of the Toposa tribe had opened fire on the Kenyan army barracks in the settlement of Nadapal on Thursday and Friday.

Kenyan Department of Defence spokesman Bogita Ongeri also refuted the reports. "There is nothing. Even if anything had happened to our soldiers, we could have heard immediately. Those are rumours,"

The settlement, inside Sudan on UN maps, is on a key crossing point and trade route between Sudan and Kenya. The surrounding territory has a long history of fighting between pastoralist groups and bandit attacks. "According to the information we have the Toposa have killed 16 Kenyans ... including the commanding officer," the spokesman for South Sudan’s army, Kuol Deim Kuol said.

Kuol said the Toposa had earlier accused the Kenyan army of moving into their traditional territory by setting up the barracks in Nadapal.

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