NAIROBI JANUARY 22, 2016(CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent condolences to families and friends who lost their loved ones in Somalia on January 15.
In a statement sent to CISA, the bishops called on all Kenyans to stand with bereaved families and friends of “our fallen heroes during these difficult moments.”
“We, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), wish to join fellow Kenyans in expressing our heartfelt condolences to families and friends who lost their loved ones in the line of duty, wish quick recovery to those who have been injured and pray for those who have not been reunited with their families,” read a statement signed by Bishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman, KCCB.
“Let the blood that our soldiers shed in Somalia bind us together as a nation, with love, unity and solidarity,” added the bishops. The bishops called for prayers for “our brothers and sisters in Somalia, who for decades have never known peace that one day peace shall return back to the Country and its people.”
“The only way to guarantee our Nation’s security is help restore peace in our neighbors’ house. We call upon the international community to work with Kenya to help make this possible as soon as possible,” said the bishops. Al Shaabab militants attacked the Kenyan military camp, El Ade in Somalia killing a number of soldiers.
The authorities are still verifying the number of soldiers killed and injured in the attack on the base.
However Kenyan forces fighting in neighbouring Somalia have since regained control of a military camp attacked by Islamist militants, Kenya Defence Forces Chief General Samson Mwathethe said.
Kenyan air forces are continuing to carry out air raids on the fighters, General Mwathethe told reporters at a televised press conference on Thursday January 21 in Nairobi.
“We have not finalised this operation,” General Mwathethe said. “There will be the dead. There will be the missing. We will tell you the figures as we go along,” said General Mwathethe.