by Chris Mgidu and Joy
Nabukewa LAMU (Xinhua) -- At least five
people, including four police officers, were killed and seven others
still missing on Wednesday in an improvised explosive device (IED)
attack in the Kenya’s coastal region of Lamu.
Forces (KDF) spokesman Joseph Owuoth said two police officers are
among the seven people who could not be traced after their vehicle
was hit by IED planted by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Kiunga
in Lamu County.
Owuoth said the military managed to repulse the militants as they
responded to the attack.
The police officers are attached at Mangai Rapid Border Patrol
Unit (RBPU) in Lamu East.
Their armored police car had on board seven RBPU officers who
were heading to Mokowe town in Lamu West for refueling before the
incident occurred at around 9 a.m.
A senior police said there was an exchange of fire between
soldiers and militants in the area after their vehicle stepped on
He said the soldiers managed to repulse the militants who escaped
after fierce gun fight.
The Al-Shabaab is believed to have changed tactic by using IEDs
to carry out attacks in parts of Coast region and North Eastern.
At least 12 police officers were killed in bombings last week in
Mandera and Garissa counties. Al-Shabaab claimed both attacks.
The increased attacks came after intelligence agency had warned
of possible attacks in the Coast region by Al-Shabaab operatives in
the month of Ramadan.
The intelligence agency said the militants have dispatched
fighters in parts of North Eastern and Coast to carry out sting
attacks targeting security agents and civilians.
On Monday three suspected Al-Shabaab militants were killed in
Wayu area, Tana River County.