The year has started on a sad note. Kenyans are mourning the death of an unconfirmed number of KDF troops ,who were killed in a bloody attack by Al-Shabab Militants at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base camp at El Adde, in Somalia on Friday.

Upon hearing the sad news, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to the families of the dead soldiers in an emotional statement, calling upon Kenyans to pray for families, friends and relatives of the victims.

“Our gallant soldiers reacted swiftly to protect their camp; to protect their peace and stability that they are in Somalia to secure; and to protect our country from its enemies and their sympathisers.

I want to take this opportunity to express mine and the country’s deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of the fallen. I stand with you. Our country stands with you. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices made by your loved ones in defence of our democracy, our peace and our security

We will not be cowed by these cowards. With our allies, we will continue in Somalia to fulfill our mission. We will hunt down the criminals involved in today’s events. Our soldiers’ blood will not be shed in vain.”

Kenyans also took to social media to mourn the fallen soldiers describing them as heroes, who were passionate and courageous. Here are some of their messages,both to the government and the bereaved families;