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Uhuru wants more troops in Somalia

Monday February 29 2016

A Kenya Defence Forces, under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), soldier takes position during a patrol at Afmadow town on November 22, 2015. Currently Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia have their forces under Amisom. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A Kenya Defence Forces, under Africa Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), soldier takes position during a patrol at Afmadow town on November 22, 2015. Currently Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia have their forces under Amisom. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JEREMIAH KIPLANG'AT
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked African countries to deploy more troops to Somalia to cushion Kenya Defence Forces from vicious Al -Shabaab attacks.

The President said Kenyan troops had been exposed by failure to deploy more Amisom troops to Gedo region, which he described as a perfect ground for the terrorist group to attack KDF.

“Of particular concern to us in Kenya is the curious absence of Amisom in the Gedo region. This region has now become a safe haven for Al-Shabaab and a launching pad for attacks against our troops and people along our common border with Somalia.  It has become a critical soft belly for Kenya,” he told the Heads of State Summit for Amisom police/troops contributing countries taking place in Djibouti .

Currently Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia have their forces under Amisom in Somalia.

Kenya suffered its worst attack by Al Shabaab when the terrorist group launched a dawn attack on KDF base in El Adde in southern Somalia in January.

KDF is yet to make public the number of soldiers killed or injured in the attack.

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