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Three Kenyan soldiers killed in Westgate Mall terror attack

By David Ohito | September 24th 2013

By David Ohito

NAIROBI, KENYA: Three Kenyan soldiers lost their lives as they gallantly fought to save hostages from the jaws of death at the ill-fated Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi.

Another eight are battling for their lives in hospital after sustaining injuries during the delicate rescue operations

The Chief of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) General Julius Karangi said 11 soldiers sustained injuries and were admitted at Defence Forces Memorial Hospital.” Regrettably, three of them succumbed to their injuries.”

The number of soldiers killed in the operation adds to the death toll of 62 civilians among them several foreigners who were shot dead by the attackers.

A statement sent by military spokesman Colonel Cyrus Oguna said the KDF have not been deterred in the efforts of undertaking mop up operations inside the Westgate Mall building.

“The delicate and complex nature of the Westgate Mall siege rescue operation called for extreme care and caution to ensure the safety and security of the hostages. KDF approached this mission with the highest degree of professionalism.” Oguna said in a statement to Standard Digital.

The CDF Karangi condoled the families of the fallen soldiers and hailed them as “part of our modern day heroes who have paid the ultimate price in the defence of their country.”

“We wish to affirm that such cowardly acts of terrorism will not dampen KDF resolve to ensure that peace and stability is regained in Somalia and in the region.” The Statement added.

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