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Al Shabaab attack leaves 2 KDF soldiers dead in Lamu

26 May 2014, 13:47

Lamu - Suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Monday killed two Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers and injured another at the common frontier with Somalia, police have said.

Divisional police commander Samson Obara, who confirmed the incident, said the officers were attacked by the insurgents who emerged from the bonny forest along Lamu-Malindi road on a Pick-Up vehicle.

"The KDF soldiers flagged them to stop but the militants defied the order and instead opened fire on the soldiers. This prompted the exchange of fire between the militants and our soldiers who later blew up the Pick-Up, killing the occupants on board," Obara said.

Kenyan soldiers have launched a major manhunt for the more than 10 militants who carried out the attack.

Obara did not confirm the number of insurgents who were killed. Sources told Xinhua that there were 26 KDF soldiers in the convoy.

"We received intelligence report of the night attack that targeted military truck by Al Shabaab militants that were ferrying food to a KDF patrol base in Ras Kamboni. Their vehicle got stuck at Milimani between Mangai and Basuba where an exchange of fire ensued," Obara said.

"A combined team of militant and police are pursuing the militants. We suspect some were injured and even killed," he added.

KDF spokesman Col. Willy Wesonga confirmed that one of the militants was killed during the exchange of fire between the soldiers and the insurgents.

He said the attack occurred along Kiunda area of Ras Kamboni where the soldiers were ambushed by the Al Shabaab suspects.

"Our soldiers ordered the vehicle in which the suspected militants were driving in but instead opened fire on our soldiers. We returned fire and killed one of the occupants in the Pick-Up and destroyed the vehicle," Wesonga told Xinhua by telephone.

He said the soldiers are in hot pursuit of the attackers whom they believe might have crossed into Somalia.

- Xinhua

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