Missing police officers in Lamu Shabaab attack found alive

Missing police officers in Lamu Shabaab attack found alive

Nine police officers who were missing after their vehicle overrun a land mine in Lamu’s Milimani area killing five of their colleagues were found alive in Lamu.

According to police reports, the Administration Police officers were found hiding in mountainous areas near the high-risk Boni forest after the government launched an operation to hunt down members of the Al Shabaab terror group that is suspected to have set the land mine.

The nine officers were among 19 APs who were on their way to Kiunga before their lorry was ambushed by the militants through a land mine.

Five officers died on the spot while four others were injured critically and were airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

Lamu has experienced  a number of terror attacks by the Al Shabaab fighters.

Last year, the Islamic fighters attacked a military camp at Baure area but were successfully repelled by the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) officers.

In 2014, the militants lodged an offensive on Mpeketoni town where they killed about 60 people and left many others injured and property worth millions of shillings reduced to ashes.

The killing of the police officers came less than a week after several KDF soldiers were killed by the militants during an attack in El Adde.

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