Among all the military forces trying to fight against the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, in Somalia, the Kenya Defence Forces has been the most highly affected by the militant organisation’s bloody attacks. Many army personnel, many of them proud to be identified as a KDF soldier have seemingly lost their lives senselessly and the bloodshed continued this past week.

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Last Friday, January 27th, 2017, Al-Shabaab militants attacked a KDF base in Kulbiyow, Lower Jubba, Somalia, some 18 kilometers from the Kenyan border.

The 5am assault left scores of KDF soldiers dead, but the exact number of casualties from the attack still remains unconfirmed, with the KDF maintaining that only 9 of it’s soldiers were killed.

It also puts at 70 as the number of Al-Shabaab militants killed during the attack.

Among the soldiers who lost their lives during the Friday attack was one Abdallah Aziz, a young soldier dispatched to Somalia just over a month ago.

Abdallah Aziz.

One of his childhood friends by the name Hassan Mo, couldn’t hide his grief as he mourned the departed soldier.

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He said:

“RIP bro Abdallah Aziz you sacrificed your life for your country in somalia. We grew up together. May the Almighty Allah grant you Janatul Firdoos.”

Abdallah was buried in Isiolo on Sunday.

Others took to social media to mourn him.

Abdulmajid Mwachofi wrote: “Inna Lillahi wa inna illahi Raji un, died for the sake of the Nation, u r a Hero, Allah will pardon ur sins In shaa Allah. Till we meet again…shine on ur way bro.”

Fatuoh Make Up Artist, “Innalilah wainalilahi rajiun my brother may Allah give you janatul fardosa and all our family member left before us.”

Hussein Ibrahim said: “Bro u were one of us a brother and Allah.s.w.t.loves u more than us?so let us pray 4 him Allah s.w.t ampe janah ya fardhos.”

Hussein Ahmed Issa: “Inalillahi wa inalillahi rajiun …so so sad …those great days playing football wen we were young ….May Allah grant you jannatul firdaus. Ameen.”

Martin Karau posted: “May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Other soldiers who perished during the tragic event include Said Roba (buried in Madogo, Tana River), Mohammed Konchara, Ido Kuno, Francis Kombo and Gideon Nyabindi.

All our condolences to their families and friends.

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