First batch of bodies of Kenya Defence Force soldiers killed in Somalia have arrived in Nairobi late Monday evening.
Four caskets draped with Kenyan flags were received by the Defence Secretary Raychelle Omamo and top military officers including the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe at the Wilson Airport at 10pm.
Two chaplains and an Imam said prayer before the bodies were carried away in ambulances.
Ms Omamo said a search, rescue and recovery operation is ongoing.
"Consequently we expect to see more of our soldiers in the coming days. We appreciate the support we are receiving from Kenyans. We urge patience and we shall keep the nation abreast.It's a complex situation and we are handling it meticulously," the Defence secretary said.