Army

Head of British Army 'appalled' at claims troops were involved in Kenya murder

The body of 21-year-old Agnes Wanjiru was found in a septic tank close to the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) camp.

The Head of the British Army has said he is "appalled" by claims British troops were involved in the killing of a Kenyan woman.

The body of 21-year-old Agnes Wanjiru was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Hotel in the town of Nanyuki – close to the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) camp.

In a letter to the Chain of Command, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith said he was "sure you are all as appalled as I am at the recent allegations surrounding the murder of Agnes Wanjiru".

"I want you to know I am determined we support the appropriate authorities to establish the facts of the issue as quickly as possible," he added.

Over the weekend, Labour's shadow defence secretary said the Government needed to investigate any potential "cover-up" in the murder of Ms Wanjiru.

John Healey added that the case "raises serious questions about the way crimes are reported, investigated and prosecuted in the military."

On Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said, in a post on Twitter, the Defence Secretary was growing "impatient with the pace of this and has directed full co-operation" to the investigation.

"He is working with the Military and Kenyan police to ensure their investigation is not impeded," the tweet said.