LAMU (Xinhua) --
Kenyan soldiers on Sunday evening killed five Al-Shabaab
terrorists who attacked two police camps in northeastern parts
of the country on Saturday.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)
spokesman David Obonyo said in a statement issued on Sunday
evening troops who have been combing the vast Boni Forest
engaged the militants in the firefight at around 6 p.m. that saw
other terrorists flee with injuries to the general area of
Sarira 25 km north of Baure in Lamu County.
"The troops caught up with the terrorists as they tried to
get to the Somali border. In the ensuing firefight, suspected
bomb making materials that were being ferried in the stolen land
cruiser exploded, destroying the vehicle," Obonyo said.
"However, a motorcycle also suspected to have been stolen
from Ijara, five A-47 rifles, 13 magazines with 370 rounds of
ammunition, two grenades, bomb making materials and personal
items were recovered."
The police and intelligence officials said the terrorists who
are fleeing increased airstrikes in southern Somalia are
trooping to Lakta belt near Boni Forest in Lamu with an aim of
The killings and recovery of stolen items come after
authorities said Sunday the security forces were in hot pursuit
of Al-Shabaab militants that attacked Ijara police station and
made away with a police Land Cruiser.
Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh said on
Sunday that a contingent of security officers drawn from the KDF,
rural border patrol unit and the regal police were in hot
pursuit of the militants.
"They (militants) can run but they cannot hide.
"We will smoke them out of their hideout," Saleh told
He assured local residents that security agencies were "in
control of the situation" and urged them to provide relevant
information that will help nab the militants.
But Obonyo said the soldiers are still in pursuit of the
militants and appealed to the public for any information
regarding suspicious people with bullet wounds seeking medical
assistance in their areas.