Lamu police hunt suspected Alshabaab who killed police officer

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Lamu,KENYA:Security agencies in Lamu have intensified crackdown on  suspected Al-Shabaab militants who launched an ambush on a police land cruiser at Milihoi area on the Lamu-Garsen road killing one officer and injuring two others at around 2.45 Thursday afternoon.

The exact area of the attack is a secluded location between Ndeu and Milihoi areas along the road.

The Land cruiser had a total of six officers who were returning to the Mpeketoni Police base in Lamu West after transporting prisoners to the Hindi GK Prison.

Two vehicles,t Security agencies in Lamu have intensified crackdown for suspected Al-Shabaab militants who launched an ambush on a police land cruiser at Milihoi area on the Lamu-Garsen road killing one officer and injuring two others at around 2.45 Thursday afternoon.

The exact area of the attack is a secluded location between Ndeu and Milihoi areas along the road.

The Land cruiser had a total of six officers who were returning to the Mpeketoni Police base in Lamu West after transporting prisoners to the Hindi GK Prison.

Two vehicles, the police land cruiser and a private vehicle that was heading to Lamu were torched during the daring ambush.

The private vehicle is said to have had two occupants who police say managed to escape unhurt though their whereabouts remain unknown to date raising fears that they could have been killed by the militants after they fled into the bushes for cover on taken hostage by the militants.

Lamu County Administration Police Coordinating Commander Charles Mbatu said the crackdown is concentrated around the area of the attack at Milihoi and areas towards and around the Boni forest where the militants are said to have fled shortly after the daytime attack.

“We lost an officer who had been injured in the attack. Two others were injured. Two vehicles were also torched. We are still very much on the ground pursuing the suspects, “said Mbatu.

Coast Regional Commander Noah Mwivanda had said the two injured officers had been rushed to the Mpeketoni sub-county hospital in Lamu West.

The officers were airlifted for further treatment on Friday morning.

The attack paralyzed transport on the road for hours as motor vehicles coming into and leaving Lamu were turned back as security agencies and the suspected militants were locked in a standoff that lasted over an hour.

Milihoi is a notorious terror hot spot on the Lamu-Garsen road where hordes of security officers and civilians including the former Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy, her niece and four bodyguards lost their lives at the hands of Al-Shabaab.

The incident happened on July 13, 2017.

The latest attack happened just metres away from a recently established GSU camp in the area.

The camp is among the many security camps established by the national government in all terror hotspots along the road so as to deter such attacks.

 

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