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At least five people killed in al-Shabaab bomb attack near Kiunga

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.

Kenya Defence 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 the IED.

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.

             

 

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