At least two police officers feared dead in Pandanguo, Lamu attack


Lamu, KENYA: At least two police officers are feared dead in a suspected Al Shabaab militants attack on a police post in Pandanguo, Lamu West, early on Wednesday morning.

According to a senior officer who sought anonymity, two police officers and one of the attackers were killed, however an official report had not yet been filed.

Two of the suspected militants, who attempted to raze the Pandanguo Police Post, are also believed to have been killed in the gun fight.

Speaking in Nairobi on Wednesday, Inspector General of police Joseph Boinet  confirmed that indeed an attack transpired at Pandanguo in Lamu county believed to be carried out by the Al-shabaab militants.

Boinet however declined to indicate if there has been any casualties in the area,pointing that the case is still under investigation.

“Yes it is true that there has been an attack in Pandanguo in Lamu county that I am very sure, but we are still investigating the matter. More information will be given in time.” Said Boinet.

Earlier, Linda Boni Security Operation Director James Seriani, said enough security officers had been deployed to Pandanguo village to hunt down the suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

Seriani also confirmed that a sizable number of unknown assailants suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants attacked the police station at around 5.30am.

“A sizable number of unknown people attacked Pandanguo Police station and an exchange of fire ensued. We have sent enough reinforcement on the ground to deal with the culprits.” said Seriani.

He said the suspected militants tried to torch the police station but met fierce fire from the security officers conducting the Linda Boni operation who were manning the area.

Additional reporting by Michael Mbugua