Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe said the militant group is using the captured officers as human shields.
“It should be noted that this is a delicate operation as we have information to the effect that some soldiers are being used as human shields and we will not allow any further casualties,” he said.
The government remained tight-lipped on numbers of casualties arising from the deadly incursion on the base in El Adde in the Gedo region within the semi-autonomous Jubaland administration.
The militants claimed they killed at least 100 soldiers and drove away 28 military vehicles. They said the attack was carried out by the Saleh an Nabhan Battalion.