LAMU (Xinhua) --
Kenyan soldiers on
Wednesday killed three Al-Shabaab terrorists during a security
operation in the vast Boni forest in the coastal Lamu region.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman David Obonyo said the
troops who were on a routine patrol along Sarira-Kolbio route
encountered the militants following a blast that had been heard
Obonyo said in a statement that they found the body of a
Al-Shabaab member following a suspected premature explosion of
improvised explosive device the fighter was trying to place on
the road used by the troops.
He said the soldiers were later ambushed by another group of
Al-Shabaab militants as they continued with the patrol to clear
"During the engagement, three Al-Shabaab terrorist were
killed as others fled into the forest with injuries.
"The troops recovered three AK rifles, Qty 236 rounds of
ammunition, bomb-making materials and personal items," Obonyo
He said there were no casualties on the KDF side and appealed
for any information on any individuals seeking medical
assistance in the area.
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 Kenya’s Lamu with an
aim of attacking locals.
Security officials said Al-Shabaab have changed tactics and
resorted to using IEDs to carry out attacks in coastal and
The have been using Boni forest as their hideout and also
launch attacks in the region.
The police said the explosive devices 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.
Two Kenyan soldiers killed in shootout with police
MANDERA (Xinhua) --
At least two Kenyan soldiers were killed
on Wednesday in a shootout with police officers in Mandera
county near Somali border.
North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh and head of
the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) Nguyo Wambua confirmed the
incident, saying the soldiers were killed during a "friendly
fire" with RBPU officers.
"There was confusion because the soldiers thought the RBPU
officers were armed bandits but by the time they realized, there
were injuries. We can not understand how the KDF officers
mistook our team for armed bandits," Wambua said.
Saleh had earlier said the soldiers who were heading to
Mandera mistakenly attacked officers attached to the RBPU, a
combined team of security officers who patrol the porous border