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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 Tuesday.

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 Lamu, The 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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The 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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