Lamu, KENYA:A Rapid Deployment Unit-RDU officer was on Tuesday morning wounded after Alshabaab militants attacked and tried to gain access into their camp at Mangai area in Lamu East.
The officer was injured in an ensuing vicious fire exchange between the group of over 30 militants and security officers that lasted for over 30 minutes.
Confirming the same,KDF spokesperson David Obonyo said the militants tried to enter the RDU camp at around 8am Tuesday but were repulsed by the officers.
Obonyo said once overpowered, the militants who well armed fled into the Boni forest.
He said KDF and other security units were currently taking defense in Mangai area in order to hunt down the militants who conducted the attack.
“It’s true there was an Alshabaab attempt at Mangai.Our officers were however able to overpower them after which they fled into the Boni forest.A search has so far been mounted by KDF and the rest of security units on the ground.One officer was injured in the event,”said Obonyo.
Obonyo said the situation was under control and that the Operation Linda Boni was still in full force.
“The operation shall continue till we eliminate all Alshabaab inside the Boni forest.Residents should rest assured that we shall protect them,” he said.
Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri confirmed that gunshots had been reported all night long at Mangai but said he was awaiting a full report from the officers on the ground.
A few days ago, residents of Bodhei in Lamu East,10KM from Mangai fled their homes and spent the night in the forest after gunshots and explosions were heard from the Bodhei KDF and KWS camps.
Security officers later reported that the gunshots and explosions were from a routine drill that was being conducted by the KDF,KWS and the US army.