(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
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
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
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.
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.