In Summary
  • Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said the attackers hurled explosives at the vehicles -- the company's excavator and a lorry ferrying cement -- causing explosions.
  • The excavator controller and lorry driver jumped out of the vehicles and escaped unhurt.
  • Mr Macharia said about four heavily armed suspected terrorists carried out the ambush and then fled into a nearby forest.
  • The incident stopped transport on the route for about an hour as Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and police combed the area.

Attackers believed to be Al-Shabaab militants on Sunday burnt two construction vehicles in an attack near H Young & Co's camp at Milihoi in Lamu County.

H Young was awarded the tender for construction of the 135 km Lamu-Garsen road.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said the attackers hurled explosives at the vehicles -- the company's excavator and a lorry ferrying cement -- causing explosions at about 12.30pm.

The excavator controller and lorry driver jumped out of the vehicles and escaped unhurt.

They hid in the bush until security agents went to their rescue.

HEAVILY ARMED

Mr Macharia said about four heavily armed suspected terrorists carried out the ambush and then fled into a nearby forest.

No casualties were reported since the excavator had one controller while the lorry had just the driver," he said.

The incident stopped transport on the route for about an hour as Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and police combed the area.

The commissioner said patrols had been intensified across the county.

"Enough security agencies, including the KDF and police, have been deployed to the area to pursue the attackers," he said.

"There is no cause for alarm as security has been heightened."

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