LOLDAIGA, 26 March 2021 – At least five elephants have died in a fire that broke out Wednesday night “during a UK-led exercise in Loldaiga Conservancy” in Kenya.
The British High Commission in Kenya on Friday confirmed the fire accident which erupted near a base hosting British troops.
A fire started by British soldiers training in Kenya could have killed elephants, prompting investigations by the army authorities, British newspaper Daily Mail wrote Friday of the incident.
The British Army Training Unit Kenya (Batuk) said, in a tweet Friday, that “it was doing everything to contain” the fire “in order to protect the surrounding community, employees and soldiers”.
“Reports of dead elephants are being looked into as a matter of urgency by the British Army, Kenyan Authorities and our Loldaiga Conservancy partners,” the statement said.
It added that the army exercise which had been ongoing had been paused “with all personnel now working to fight the fire”.
The UK High Commission has also expressed concern over social media posts by a Birish soldier.
A screengrab of the post by an unidentified Birish soldier read: “2 months in Kenya and we’ve only got 8 days left – been good, caused a 4.5K fire, killed an elephant and feel terrible about it, but hey ho when in Rome”.
The base was in the news last month after least 320 British military staff were placed in quarantine after testing positive for the new coronavirus.