El Adde From a Survivors Point of View

[SIZE=7]El Adde: How 147 KDF soldiers met their death in Somalia[/SIZE]
[SIZE=5]Survivor puts on paper details of the raid that claimed scores of soldiers’ lives[/SIZE]
In Summary
• In The Soldiers Legacy, Lance Corporal Erick Lang’at, a survivor of the attack, paints a grim picture of what happened.
• President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that KDF soldiers will remain in Somalia until the militants are wiped out.
Remains of the KDF troops received at the Wilson Airport in January 2016.
Image: FILE
Kenya marked the fourth anniversary of al Shabaab attack on the El Adde KDF base in Somalia’s Gedo region last week.
The January 15, 2016 attack left scores of soldiers dead.
The death toll was not made public but it was in excess of 147 students killed in the militants’ attack on Garissa University on April 3, 2015.

As the country came to terms with the massacre, the government promised thorough investigations and a “painful lesson” to the militants.
Fresh details have, however, emerged indicating that the KDF command at the base likely ordered the camp to be blown up to avoid the soldiers being taken prisoner.
In The Soldiers Legacy, Lance Corporal Erick Lang’at, a survivor of the attack paints a grim picture of what happened.
Lang’at had just taken over sentry duties after a briefing by the outgoing sentry team.
A photo of the El Adde blast scene
Image: KDF
The D Company and 9 KR had been deployed to the base 15 days before the attack.
On January 14, the outgoing sentry team had observed the movement of a vehicle a distance from El Adde town. The team suspected it was on routine smuggling activity.
“At around 5.15am on January 15, a vehicle’s headlights briefly flashed in the base’s direction and then turned off. Within no time, the engine ignited and the vehicle hurtled towards the operation base,” Lang’at writes.

He recalls the unsuccessful efforts to stop the fast-moving vehicle with rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fire.
The driver avoided the trenches before hitting a tree in the middle of the base and detonating the bomb.
“After the explosion, everything went silent for about three minutes. In its wake, the blast had destroyed part of the operation base, leaving only one survivor in the immediate environs of the epicentre,” he writes.

Although Lang’at lacks words to describe the intensity of what turned out to a massive Vehicle Borne Improvised Device – VBIED, he says, “It is the kind of thing that I had only seen in movies. It changed from pitch black to a ball of fire that illuminated and blinded people within a radius of 200 metres and probably more”.
He continues: “As if that was not enough, there were two follow-on blasts. When I came back to my senses, much of the operation base was in disarray. I saw a thick cloud of smoke and it was clear to me that several bunkers had collapsed. At that time I was bleeding in the right eyebrow.”
His first instinct was to continue firing but a lot of damage had already been inflicted, thus reducing friendly firepower at the operation base. The enemy had already stormed the base and embarked on a series of attacks.
[INDENT]In the meantime, I heard Lance Bombardier Martin Imbitsi instructing his gunner colleagues to intensify artillery engagement in order to break up the attack even if this meant bombarding own location to avert troops being taken prisoner [/INDENT]
Lance Corporal Erick Lang’at
A few minutes later, the writer says Captain Mbau Gichui, the company’s second-in-command, assembled them to repulse the attackers.
In the other sector of the operation base, Sergeant Abudullahi Issa and Philip Kipyegon directed the troops on how to respond.
According to Lang’at, many militants were killed, but they kept attacking in waves.
The Military booked dubbed ‘The Soldiers Legacy’
“I realised I had run out of ammunition and took a magazine from a colleague who had succumbed. Recognising that holding onto the defended locality was no longer tenable, the troops abandoned their positions in small groups to make it difficult for the enemy to pursue them,” Lang’at recalls.
He and his team withdrew through the route breached by the VBIED.
However, when they were almost at the first razor wire obstacle, a colleague he was following closely was shot from behind.
“Due to the criticality of the injury, the wounded soldier turned his rifle and shot himself on the lower chin to avoid being captured by the enemy. He died instantly,” the book says.
The writer continued moving towards the operation’s base outer barrier. Unfortunately, another sergeant who attempted to use the same route got entangled in the razor wire and died from the injuries.
On his way out, Lang’at linked up with some other survivors and began their march to safety.
The soldiers discussed the safest route to follow and upon agreement, they agreed to split, with some walking along the road to link up with the rescue teams while the others, Lang’at included, moving across.

“Unfortunately, the seven who used the road are still missing in action to date,” he says.
Lang’at’s group traversed the scrubland and after 30km, one of them suggested they take a brief rest. “We agreed though hesitantly and it is at this point that one of us passed on while sitting under a tree. We said a prayer for him and reluctantly left his body behind.”
Amid the confusion, Lang’at remembered he had a phone which he used to reach his commanding officer, who luckily linked him with the search pilot.
“Luckily, communication went through and the rescue helicopters located us. I cried in relief when we landed in a Kenyan military camp along the common border with Somalia.”
Al Shabaab claimed to have captured 12 Kenyan soldiers, including the commanding officer.
Some of the KDF defensive positions
These soldiers, according to Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe, are being used by the militants as a human shield.
Although the KDF rubbished reports that the country had lost over 180 soldiers, a new death toll from open-source information indicates that the deaths ranged from 141 to 185 troops.
Around 40 survivors managed to escape and an unknown number are still unaccounted for.
Sources said DNA samples were taken from 143 bodies at the scene, most of which were burned beyond recognition.
Under the Amisom peace-keeping mission, Kenya has 3,000-plus troops manning Sector 2.
The troops have contributed to Amisom’s rollback of territory controlled by Shabaab.
Global terrorism database compiled by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism (better known as Start indicates between 2013 and 2017, Kenya has suffered 373 terror attacks. Some 929 people have been killed, 1,149 injured and 666 taken hostage.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that KDF soldiers will remain in Somalia until the militants are wiped out.


RIP to them

I managed to watch the video of the ambush before it was deleted…it was bad. RIP to our fallen soldiers.

May they RIP and death to all al shaitans.

Very sad. Very sad indeed.

Mr. TMI @Yunomi … you know him, he will say :

"When I stare at the brown soirs of this nation called Somaria… I am deepry moved ad reminded of…

…the soirs in my own rad in Rumuruti! As I have always reminded everyone here, my father never left me any rad, but I am not the type to give up. Mswahiri arisema “Kirisho guoni kione!”

We all know that I grow bamboo of the Moso type. I also keep a few goats that provide milk for the local population. My famiry ad I drink this milk. We are all very heothy. Our skins are warm, soft to the touch and glowing! It has also increased my sexual ribido!

My youngest daughter always thanks me for this milk. As I shed a tear I remid her that I shall take her to see my friend Ruto in Nairobi ad we shall bring him our goat milk. And together we shall tell him , “Mi casa sucasa!” like the French of France say…we shall then drink these miuk together as we discuss matters of national importance…"


So sad.

KDF is a fraud. Hata hizo Meno 32 could not help them. Wapambane na Hali yao.

Mbwa dumpsite niaje

From the vid, I doubt this guy’s version… alshaitan dint meet any opposition…

According to Lang’at, many militants were killed, but they kept attacking in waves.

Wewe hii mwaka tunakubakisha umbwa hii. Hapo uko pale dorni.

I’m not a soldier so I don’t know exactly what is the SOP lakini when you see a vehicle that is not part of your unit isn’t it common sense to investigate who it is especially if the vehicle reaches about a kilometer from where you have set camp?
the only time this wouldn’t be possible is when the operation is in urban terrain.

The video had been taken by Shabaab militants themselves. Obviously, they edited out any sections that would have shown them facing any opposition from KDF. It’s all about psychology.

Even today, if KDF raids a Shabaab camp, they’ll not be keen to show you situations where they come under fire. They’ll only show you the winning shots.

Here below is the video, you can make your own judgement. When I watched this the first time, I knew right there and then if I had been a soldier and deployed to Somalia, I would just resign. Siwes


. Even in isis vids you never see opposition yet they are being decimated mercilessly in reality

Thing is; the element of surprise and first impact attack. When the VBIED exploded, it was very hard to win esp without air support. The firepower was too much, and the numbers kept increasing. This had almost happened earlier in the battle for Hoosingo, only that this time KDF had air support in good time. See the story below;


There is this site that gives detailed reports of such attacks run by NATO… will look for the report… my friend KDF were riddled with bullets… Casualties on the alshaitan side were minimal… the original video runs for 1hr 40 mins…

Na kwani what do you think one signs up for when you join the army… any army for that matter !!!

It is a great honour to defend your country. Hii ni kazi na lazima ifanywe.

Hebu tuambie kidogo what happened. One paragraph

In the image below.Kwani the attackers were coming from the direction the guns are facing.Ama kwa vita mnakubaliana lazima enemy akuje from a certain side.Where is cover me or cover my ass