Security beefed up in Lamu in wake of fresh Al-shabaab attack

Security beefed up in Lamu in wake of fresh Al-shabaab attack

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Police patrolling Lamu county. FILE PHOTO

LAMU Security has been beefed in Lamu a day after five Administration Police officers were killed and three others injured after their vehicle ran over an explosive in Milimani area,Lamu East on Tuesday morning.

The explosive is suspected to have been planted by Al shabaab militants who continue to pose a major security challenge in the region.

A major manhunt for the militants has also been launched by security forces among them GSU,Anti-terror Unit-ATPU and the KDF.

The number of security personnel has also been increased in Milimani and surrounding areas with intensive police patrols being carried out on all major Lamu roads.

According to an senior security officer who requested anonymity since he is not allowed to speak to the media, more forces have also been deployed to assist with the Linda Boni security operation, that intends to flush out the militants believed to be hiding inside the Boni forest.

“As it is now, we can’t really leave anything to chance. We are trying as much as we can to ensure nothing gets us by surprise. It’s really hard to establish target locations for whoever is planting these mines and so we are just trying to ensure every place is covered security-wise to counter any intended such attacks,”he said.

He however said land mine attacks were proving tricky to deal with since it was impossible to detect them whenever they are planted.

“It’s tricky to detect when and where a land mine or explosive is planted somewhere but that is something we are working on in order to minimize fatalities resulting from such since this seems to the latest tactic being employed by the enemy,”he said.

In Tuesdays attack, the militants are said to have torched the vehicle before fleeing into the expansive Boni forest.

The vehicle which had aboard over ten officers, had left Mpeketoni town and was heading to Usalama area on the Lamu-Somalia border.

The attack comes barely a month after an AP officer was killed when yet another police land cruiser ran over an IED planted by Al shabaab militants at Bodhei area on the Lamu-Garissa border on Christmas day last year.

On December 16 last year, two civilians were killed and an AP officer seriously wounded after a group of more than 20 militants accosted and torched a police lorry at Milihoi area in Lamu.

On July 13 of the same year, four women and a baby were killed after a police vehicle they had boarded ran over yet another an IED planted by the militants at Omollo Bridge area,10KM from the Baure military camp.