Kenyan soldiers hit by al Shabab ambush attack, 3 dead
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A roadside bomb explosion has ripped through Kenyan Rapid Border Patrol Unit near Kenyan border along Somalia.
The explosion followed by an ambush attack took place in Kiunga area near two neighboring states’ border, killing three militants, according to Lamu East Deputy Commissioner David Lusava.
Lusava says the explosion targeted security units on patrol, leaving two police officers wounded.
He added that three militants were also killed during a brief gunfight between Kenyan police and Al Shabaab.
“It was an IED believed to have been planted by the militants. Two police soldiers wounded in the explosion”, he said.
The victims were taken into hospital in Lamu.
There was no immediate comment from al Shabaab over the claims.
Last month, four al Shabaab militants were killed when an IED they were setting up detonated prematurely at Kwa Omollo area in Lamu, a coastal town in Kenya.
Kenya’s northeastern regions have been deadly attacks claimed by al Shabaab for the past years while Kenyan police intensified the overall security of its border with Somalia to avert further attacks by al Shabaab.