In Summary
  • Coast Police Boss Larry Kieng said the officers, who were escorting five passenger buses from Lamu to Mombasa, died on the spot.
  • Unconfirmed reports indicated that some GSU personnel who responded to the attack were also injured.
  • A police source said that other police officers are feared to have been taken hostage by the militants during the attack.
  • Boni Enclave Campaign Director Joseph Kanyiri said police officers had been sent to the scene.

Two Administration Police officers have died while three others have been injured after suspected Al-Shabaab militants ambushed an escort vehicle they were travelling in at Lango La Simba in Nyongoro, along the Lamu-Malindi road.

Coast Police Boss Larry Kieng said the officers, who were escorting five passenger buses from Lamu to Mombasa, died on the spot.

The officers’ vehicle had remained behind after one of the buses, which had been flagged down by the heavily armed militia, slowed down.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that some General Service Unit personnel who responded to the attack were also injured.

KDF IN PURSUIT

Kenya Defence Forces helicopters were patrolling the area as security personnel pursued the killers.

The attackers, who were dressed in jungle military uniform, distributed leaflets to the passengers but did not harm them.

A passenger who talked to the Nation said the militants entered in the buses and started distributing leaflets written “We won’t retreat. Our target is the government”.

“The police escort vehicle was following us at a distance. Our bus was the first one to be stopped by the men. I saw two of them. They were heavily armed and were hooded. They entered the bus, scrutinized us before they hurriedly begun distributing leaflets.

“They then alighted and went for the police escort vehicle. That’s when we started hearing gunshots and that was when it dawned to us that the men were Al-Shabaab,” said the passenger who declined to be named.

HOSTAGES

“At first we thought they were Kenyan soldiers only to realise they were Al-Shabaab after they exchanged fire with police,” another passenger said.

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