KDF airlifts bodies of Kenyans killed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia


NAIROBI, Kenya - The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) airlifted bodies of six Kenyans killed by Al-Shabaab militants inside Somalia, with the families set to receive them after various procedures instigated by security teams who have been processing the matter.

The six traders were shot dead by a group of people believed to be members of the Al-Shabaab. The Friday incident took place in Dhobley Town near the Kenya-Somalia border which is under the KDF troops serving in Sector II of ATMIS.

A police report seen by Citizen Digital indicated that a helicopter belonging to the Kenya Defence Forces ferried the bodies on Saturday morning and flew them to Isiolo town.

“Today 30/03/2024 at around 0940hrs Kenya Air Force helicopter airlifted the bodies from Atmis Dhobley Somalia to Isiolo. The same has been confirmed to have landed in Isiolo through cellphone conversation,” read the report.

According to reports, the six people who had crossed the Kenya-Somalia border to open their shops on the Somalian side were ambushed and killed in cold blood by the terror group at around 7 am. The incident comes amid increasing attacks by Al-Shabaab during Ramadan.

John Samburumo, the Garissa County Police Commander, said the gunmen had covered their faces while committing the crime and were using a Toyota Probox. Four of the victims died instantly while two succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.

The suspects then fled immediately. Reports have since emerged claiming that the victims were targeted due to their perceived religious association. The bodies of the six were received in Isiolo, within the Eastern region of Kenya.


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