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North Coast police kill al-Shabaab suspect in foiled attack on camp

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- An Al-Shabaab terror suspect was killed in Kenya’s coastal town of Lamu in a foiled dawn attack at a local police station early Thursday.

Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri confirmed the attack occurred at Mangai Rapid Deployment Unit Camp where police engaged about 20 Al-Shabaab terrorists in a gunfight, injuring several others.

Security officers on the ground said one officer was injured during the raid which happened.

"Over 20 Al-Shabaab attempted to attack Administration Police camp but they were repulsed.

"The heavily armed gunmen hurled grenades and fired at the AP camp but our officers managed to overpower them," Kanyiri told Xinhua.

This is third attempt by the militants to attack the camp comprising Rapid Deployment Unit officers (RDU), a special force trained in combat operations.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said a major security operation was underway, with a back-up team deployed there Thursday.

It came days after a police officer was killed, another injured and a security car hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Ishakani area at the Kenya-Somalia border.

One officer was killed and two others wounded in the Tuesday evening incident.

The police officers were on normal patrol when the vehicle runs over an IED planted by Al-Shabaab militants.

The Somali militants have intensified attacks in Lamu using IEDs. At least 50 Al-Shabaab members have been sighted in Lamu by locals in recent days.

The IED strategically planted along the roads near Kenya Somalia border are slowing down security operations to flush out militants hiding in the vast Boni forest which is near the Somali border, according to commanders involved in the operation.

The areas affected include Bondhei, Pandanguo, Kiunga, Baragoi and Milimani which has claimed several lives in the recent past.


Somali security forces foil suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali security forces foiled a suicide car bomb attack on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Thursday.

Local government spokesman Abdifitah Omar Halane said the officers from the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) also arrested a terrorist suspect who attempted to carry out attack on Maka Al-Mukarama Hotel.

Halane told reporters that the security forces seized the vehicle with explosive devices after arresting the suspect who is now being interrogated.

"Security forces successfully foiled a planned suicide car bomb attack. NISA officers seized the vehicle filled with explosive devices and arrested an Al-Shabaab militant who was driving it and wanted to carry out suicide attack at Maka Al-mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu," Halane said.

He said the suspect admitted that he was planning to blow up himself at the hotel where a meeting of elders and politicians was underway. "The suspect is being interrogated over the incident," Halane said.

This is the second car bomb incident which has been foiled by security forces in less than 24 hours after NISA thwarted another attack in the outskirts of Mogadishu on Wednesday evening.

Al-Shabaab militants have been targeting African Union Mission in Somalia, government bases and social gathering places, mainly hotels, in Mogadishu.



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