Two Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers were killed early Sunday when militia suspected to be from the Al Shabaab attacked their truck in East Lamu, police said.
The officers were in a group of others ferrying food from Hindi village in Lamu, to their colleagues who are in an anti-alshaaab operation in Ras Kamboni, on Kenya-Somalia border, when their truck developed mechanical problems and stalled on a hill.
“When night fell, enemies ambushed the officers on the lorry and fighting ensued where we lost two officers. One of the enemies was also killed as his colleagues escaped leaving behind their truck which Kenyan officers set on fire,” Samuel Obara, Lamu area police chief told Baraka FM.
Obara said the lorry carrying the officers was attacked by a gang of over ten who engaged them in a fierce shoot-out killing the two.
He said they suspected the attack was carried out by Al Shabaab militia.
In 2012 three al shabaab suspects were killed by KDF soldiers in the same area at Boni forest in Lamu.
The three had been among a gang of seven who entered the country illegal through the border.
An AK 47 rifle and 60 rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.