NAIROBI: Somalia’s Shebab insurgents claim to have executed a captured Kenyan soldier and repeated threats to kill five other hostages, the extremists said today.
The Shebab said in a statement ‘while the mujahedeen have executed the serving KDF (Kenya Defence Force) soldier, there is still a chance of securing the release of the remaining five prisoners’.
Last month the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents issued a February 14 deadline ordering Kenya — whose troops are fighting the Shebab inside Somalia — to release ‘all Muslim prisoners held on so-called terrorism charges in Kenya’.
The Shebab, who have previously released videos of Kenyan civil servants they have kidnapped, have said they would execute five hostages within three days unless the Kenyan government buckles to their demands.
Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks including hand grenade and bombs since it invaded southern Somalia in late 2011 to attack Shebab bases, following a string of kidnappings inside Kenya blamed on the Islamists.