In Summary
  • Police sources on the ground said that the militants ambushed the camp at around 5.30pm and started shooting randomly.
  • On August 1 this year, an administration police officer and a NYS excavator machine operator were injured when their vehicle ran over an IED along the Usalama Road in Lamu East.

Four police officers were injured during an attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants who tried to force their way into the Basuba General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Lamu East on Saturday evening.

Police sources on the ground said that the militants ambushed the camp at around 5.30pm and started shooting randomly.

An exchange of fierce fire ensued and lasted for 30 minutes before the militants were overpowered and fled to the dense Boni forest.

“It is true. There was an attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants to a GSU camp at Basuba in Lamu East at around 5.30pm. Four of our colleagues were injured but the militants were repulsed,” said the police source.

Lamu County Commissioner Mr Joseph Kanyiri confirmed the attack on the GSU camp, but said that Linda Boni Operation Director James ole Serian was better placed to offer detailed information.

“It is true. There was an attempted attack at the camp this evening but I have no details. You can get details from the Linda Boni Operation Director Mr Serian. He is the one in charge of that side.”

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