British soldiers conducting training in Kenya have been accused by local MPs of “abducting” a 10-year-old herd boy. Two politicians from Sambaru East in Kenya’s Rift Valley claimed that he was taken by British soldiers after he was badly injured by unexploded ordnance on Friday in order to cover up the incident. The politicians also made claims that British training exercises had encroached on local community land outside the training areas agreed to with the Kenyan government.
The Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence issued a strong rejection of the claim stating that it was “untrue, inaccurate and complete nonsense”. They do not deny that the 10 year old boy was injured but stated that he was inside the live fire area and received immediate medical treatment by British Army medics before being taken to a nearby hospital. He was then airlifted to a better equipped hospital with the consent of the boy’s father. The unfortunate boy lost his eye and nearly lost his arm in the incident.
The Kenyan police and Kenyan Defence Forces along with the British Army are now working together to establish whether the unexploded ordinance was British or Kenyan. They are also trying to understand how the boy gained access to the live firing area.