, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 2 – Six attackers were on Sunday morning shot dead in an attempted invasion of the Nyali Barracks in Mombasa, police and the military said.
The incident occurred at about 5.30 am when 10 machete-wielding youths attempted to gain access to the heavily guarded military base.
“Soldiers at the sentry responded killing five of the men. The sixth was pursued and shot dead in a nearby forest,” the military said in a statement.
The seventh attacker was arrested and is being interrogated on their mission, the military statement said.
“Regrettably, during the attack one Kenya Defence Forces soldier was hacked by the attackers and is receiving treatment at the camp,” it added.
The military statement said an investigation was underway to “establish the identity of the group as they had similar headgear.”
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has urged the public to volunteer information on the attackers who are believed to have escaped with injuries.
“I don’t understand how attackers can try to raid a military camp,” Marwa told reporters in Mombasa, “they must have though the soldiers were sleeping because it was raining but they were met with fierce fire.”
He said they were investigating if the attackers were linked or are members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) whose officials denied having a hand in it.
Another attack occurred at the Malindi AP camp where 20 hooded men were repulsed.
According to Malindi deputy AP commander Fredrick Mwangi, the gang which was armed with machetes also tried to torch vehicles.
Police are now investigating to establish if the gang is linked to the Mombasa Republican Council which is blamed for insecurity cases in the coast.