NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – Kenya Defence Forces are pursuing Al Shabaab militants behind Wednesday’s Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in Kiunga, Lamu that left four police officers and a civilian dead.
KDF Spokesman Colonel Joseph Owuoth said five were killed after their vehicle hit an IED planted by the Al Shabaab militants on their route.
He says the military managed to repulse the militants who had already started engaging them.
The police officers are attached to Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) in Lamu County.
Their Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) had on board seven RBPU officers who were heading to Mokowe in Lamu west for refuelling before the incident occurred at around 9am.
The other two officers are yet to be traced.
“KDF officers from the Baure KDF camp promptly responded and rushed to the rescue of the officers. They managed to repulse the militants who escaped after a fierce gunfight,” a senior police officer told Capital FM News.
The Al Shabaab have changed tactics and resorted to using IEDs to carry out attacks in parts of Coast region and North Eastern, according to police.
At least 13 police officers were killed in similar attacks last week in Mandera and Garissa Counties.
On Monday, three suspected al Shabaab militants were killed in Wayu area, Tana River County.
The suspects are said to have been part of a group behind recent attacks targeting security agents.