Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

KDF soldier killed, 5 injured in Al Shabaab bomb attack

A KDF soldier has died and five others injured after two IEDs exploded in different locations in Lamu near the Somali border.

The explosions also destroyed armoured vehicles that the soldiers were using for patrols near Sirira and Ishakan on Tuesday afternoon.

KDF said the explosive devices have been planted on the roads by the Al Shabaab.

More officers have been deployed in the area to reinforce surveillance and patrols.

Last night, US President Donald Trump spoke with President Uhuru Kenyatta on how to overcome terrorism and other regional security challenges through close cooperation.

President Trump expressed appreciation for Kenya’s significant contributions to the African Union Mission in Somalia and recognised Kenyan troops’ sacrifices in the fight against al-Shabaab.

In November 2015, another officer died and six others were injured after suspected al Shabaab militants detonated an Improvised Explosive Device in Lamu.

The officers were in a convoy of a security team driving from the border town of Hullugho to Bulla-Golol in Fafi sub-county.

“I was ahead of the security convoy heading to Bulla-Golol area, when I was alerted that one of the vehicles in our team was involved in an accident,” sub-county commissioner Duncan Okwatch said.

“My vehicle was ahead of the convoy and was about a kilometre away when the incident happened.”

Okwatch said the officer succumbed to injuries while the other six received first aid at their military camp in Hullugho town before they were airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.

Source: The Star

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