5 Policemen killed in Lamu Shabaab attack
26 January 2016, 20:58
Nairobi - Five police officers are feared dead in
a suspected Al Shabaab attack on a Police vehicle in Lamu along Kenya’s Coast
Three others were critically injured
when the vehicle they were travelling in drove over an explosive device suspected
to have been planted by the Shabaab militants along the Hindi-Kiunga road in
Daily Nation reported.
According to the report, the officers
were heading to the Usalama Camp located at the Lamu-Somalia border when the
incident happened just a few kilometers from Milimani in Lamu East sub-county
at around 11am.
" The officers were blown away by the IED," source is quoted as saying by the Nation.
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Standard further reported that the suspected Shabaab militants torched the
lorry after it was hit by the improvised explosive device (IED). The militants
then escaped into the nearby Boni Forest which borders Kenya and Somalia.
The attacks on military installations
by the Shabaab have been on a high in the area in recent times, with the
proximity of the forest to Somalia making it difficult for law enforcement
agents to crackdown on the Shabaab.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently
stated that he would provide armoured vehicles for Police in those areas to
help them in the fight against Shabaab and prevent casualties over the IED
bombs which are easy to assemble and place.
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