Kenya, (Xinhua) -- Somali militant group Al-Shabaab on
Tuesday killed two police officers and injured two others in Kenya’s coastal
town of Lamu in its latest attack in the tourism resort region.
Regional Police Commander Larry Kieng said the officers were escorting a convoy
of six buses when they were ambushed along the Malindi Lamu highway.
Kieng said a
group of heavily armed militants emerged from the forest and sprayed a police
escort vehicle with bullets that had four occupants.
shootout two officers were killed and two others injured. The officers were
evacuated to Lamu hospital with serious bullet wounds,” Kieng told Xinhua by
commander said no passenger was injured during the incident since the majority
militants demanded for passengers’ manifests that indicated that they were
Muslims. They were spared after a Somali passenger pleaded with them to let the
buses pass,” Kieng said.
gave the passengers Jihad leaflets/CD cards before letting all the buses to
proceed their destinations.
came barely three days after police destroyed six Al-Shabaab camps in the vast
Boni forest. During the operation weapons and medicine were recovered.
Kieng said a
combined team of military and police are combing the forest to hunt down the
indicate that the militants are targeting both police and civilians within Lamu.
The ongoing operation Linda Boni has reduced terrorist attacks in the coastal