Brit army base on lockdown over HIV fears after squaddies’ hooker sex fest

An army base was locked down after up to 100 squaddies sought medical advice following romps with hookers who set up temporary brothels near their barracks.

Around 650 Brit soldiers have been confined to their camp by their furious commanding officer following the sex fest in Kenya.

The soldiers – from the 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment – were in east Africa taking part in Exercise Askari Storm.

Stationed at Laikipia air base troops took part in the simulated rescue of 400 people in a mock overseas crisis which involved parachuting into Mount Kenya National Park.

The jump was followed by six weeks of training for soldiers from 3 Para along with engineers, signallers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

But after being given leave scores are said to have used the services of prostitutes in the nearby town of Nanyuki.

At least 30 soldiers reported to 3 Para's medical centre saying they feared they may have contracted HIV or a sexually transmitted disease after having unprotected sex.

Their commanding officer Lieut Col Mark Swann ordered every soldier – regardless of rank – to remain on the base until they returned to Britain this weekend.

A document detailing his orders said all 3 Para troops were be 'gated effective immediately'.

It went on: "Situation: issues with poor discipline in Nanyuki, particularly to do with prostitution, have led the CO to direct that all pers are to be kept within barracks.

"Pers that are currently at safari lodges are allowed to remain tonight and return tomorrow morning. All other pers are to return to camp immediately.

"All functions in Nanyuki are to be cancelled – even if they are booked for this evening.

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"There will be no visits to the curio shops or the mall.''

The Ministry of Defence has a deal with the Kenyan Government that allows six UK infantry battalions to conduct exercises there each year.

Kenya's hot climate and rugged terrain offer Brit troops the ideal environment to hone their skills.

But the deal has resulted in tension.

Kenyans have accused Brit soldiers of being involved in violent crime and thefts.

An Army spokesman said: "We expect very high standards of behaviour of our personnel whether they are on or off duty.''

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