Missing officer in Lamu al shabaab attack found alive

Missing officer in Lamu al shabaab attack found alive

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GSU in Lamu. FILE/PHOTO

Lamu, KENYA: A police officer who had been reported missing following an al shabaab raid on Pandanguo police post in Lamu early Wednesday morning has been found alive and well.

The officer is said to have hidden in a nearby bush during the attack and managed to escape on foot during the night to the Witu police station several kilometers away.

He later managed to trace his way back to the Pandanguo police post safely on Thursday morning.

The officer is currently said to be in shock but is physically okay as he has no visible injuries.

The number of police officers at the station during the time of the attack is said to have been 19 of which three were killed in the ensuing fire exchange, with the militants while 15 survived.

The number of the survivors however comes to 16 with the recovery of the officer.

Two officers were seriously injured and receiving treatment at the Manda naval base.

According to one of the surviving officers who was on duty at the station during the time of the attack, at around 5.45 am Wednesday morning,a large group of suspected al shabaab operatives approximately 200 in number and who were heavily armed; approached the camp through the main entrance in advance formation and started firing.

He said the sentries tried to respond but their guns developed stoppages.

According to the officer,the militants also made away with a police Toyota land cruiser vehicle REG NO.GKB 759 G.

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