NAIROBI, The mastermind of the El Adde attack in which the Kenya Defence Forces came under severe attack is dead.
The Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Samson Mwathethe said the mastermind, Maalim Junow met his waterloo when KDF special forces moved into Somalia’s El Adde and engaged the attackers.
“It is believed that Maalim Junow the El Adde attack mastermind was killed,” said General Mwathethe.
Speaking at the Defence Forces Memorial Hospital where President Uhuru Kenyatta paid glowing tribute to the Kenya Defence Forces, Gen. Mwathethe vowed not to rest until the Al Shabab terror outfit is degraded and subdued.
“I want reassure you and all Kenyans that the blood of our fallen heroes was not shed in vain,” said Gen. Mwathethe and added, “We will fight them deep in their hideouts, we will smoke and suffocate them out of their caves.”
Saying KDF are seasoned troops, Gen. Mwathethe said despite the intensity of the VBIED (Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device) and the suicide mission, “not forgetting the fog of war, the soldiers held defensive positions and fought fiercely,” said the General.
The General said already KDF has an elaborate system to support families of the affected “in such situations,” he said.
He noted that the search, rescue and recovery efforts have borne fruit managing to bring home many surviving soldiers.
Gen. Mwathethe said KDF has contacted families of affected soldiers and have established information and counseling centers at the barracks in Eldoret, Gilgil and the DefenceForces Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, the fate of Kenya Defence Forces soldiers missing in action would be known once the board of inquiry established by the Department of Defence completes its work.
The team has begun investigations at the El-Adde camp in Somalia, the scene of last weekend Al-shabaab ambush.
The Chief of Defence Forces said already the DoD was collecting sample material to help in DNA identification of the fallen soldiers whose badly mutilated bodies were recovered from the scene of the deadly attack in El Adde.
And even as Somalia was still reeling from the reality of the El Adde attack, another deadly terror attack on a seafront restaurant at Lido Beach in Mogadishu left 20 people dead on Thursday.
Two simultaneous car bomb explosions ripped through the popular beachfront restaurant frequented mostly by young Somalis by
Somali security forces have since retaken control of the hotel arresting the mastermind of the siege.