LAMU, Kenya – Five Kenyan soldiers were killed in bomb attack claimed by Somali group al-Shabab in the coastal town of Kenya’s Lamu.
Six others were also injured after Kenyan military forces’ personnel carrier ran over an improvised explosive device between the areas of Majengo and Bodhei, an official said.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabab’s spokesman for military operations said that at least 9 Kenyan soldiers had been killed in the bomb explosion.
“We have killed 9 Kenyan soldiers on board, six others were also injured following a roadside bomb explosion in Lamu town”, he said.
For his part, Kenya Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Njuguna denied claims made by Al Shabaab, saying six soldiers were only injured.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab aims to topple Somalia’s U.N.-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam. They have intensified attacks in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia in 2011.