(Xinhua) -- At least five Kenyan soldiers were killed
and ten others seriously injured in the coastal Lamu region
Kenya Defence Force (KDF) spokesman
Paul Njuguna confirmed the incident which took place at around 8
a.m. local time (GMT 0500) along the Kiunga and Sankuri road in
Njuguna said the incident took place
after the soldiers who were on a humanitarian civil assignment
to fetch and distribute water to the local residents in the area
hit an improvised explosive device (IED) along the Kiunga and
“Following the incident, ten KDF
soldiers are receiving medical care from injuries sustained.
Regrettably, five other soldiers succumbed to their injuries,”
Njuguna said in a statement.
The IED is suspected to have been
planted by Somali militant group, al-Shabab militants who
continue to wreak havoc in the region.
The military spokesman lauded locals
who offered assistance to soldiers shortly after the incident
occurred and called upon locals to cooperate with the KDF who
are currently conducting the Linda Boni security operation and
assist in weeding out lurking terror elements in their midst and
subsequently aid the progressive pacification of the region.
The latest IED attack comes barely a
month after six soldiers died in a similar manner after their
vehicle ran over an IED at a local bridge area in Lamu on Aug.
The KDF are currently in year four of
a security operation dubbed Linda Boni which was launched by the
national government in a bid to flush out al-Shabab militants
said to be hiding inside the dense Boni forest and neighboring
areas in Lamu.