Police officer killed, others injured in Lamu Al Shabaab ambush


Police officer killed, others injured in Lamu Al Shabaab ambush
Police vehicle torched in Al Shabaab ambush at Milihoi area in Lamu County on Thursday, July 26, 2018. PHOTO| COURTESY

In Summary

  • According to a police source, the police land cruiser was returning to the police base in Mpeketoni after transporting prisoners to Hindi area.
  • A 30-minute shoot-out is reported to have ensued between the police officers and the Al-Shabaab militants before the terrorists were overpowered and fled.
  • A crackdown has been launched in the area by officers from various security organs in an attempt to capture the militants.

A police officer has been killed and two others injured after a vehicle they were travelling in was ambushed by Al Shabaab militants at Milihoi area in Lamu County on Thursday.

According to a police source, the police land cruiser was returning to the police base in Mpeketoni after transporting prisoners to Hindi area when the officers were accosted by the militants.

A 30-minute shoot-out is reported to have ensued between the police officers and the Al Shabaab militants before the terrorists set the police vehicle on fire.

The militants also torched a private vehicle whose occupants fled and abandoned it amid the gun fight.

Vvehicle torched in Al Shabaab ambush at Milihoi area in Lamu County on Thursday, July 26, 2018. PHOTO| COURTESY

A crackdown by various security organs in the area was immediately launched to hunt down the militants.

Transport in the area was also paralysed following the operation.

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