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KDF kill six suspected al Shabaab fighters in Kumba, Lamu county

Thursday May 2, 2024

Police officers on patrol.
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At least six suspected members of the al Shabaab terror group were Wednesday killed in an ambush by security forces in Kumba area, Lamu County.

Police said they also confiscated significant logistical supplies.

The scene of the ambush falls within the expansive Boni Forest where the terrorists hide as they plan to launch attacks on the Kenyan side.

Kenya Defence Forces who are part a multi-agency team operating in the area staged the ambush.

The personnel said some of the terrorists managed to escape.

“The public is advised to remain vigilant as the operation may lead to increased activity from the group, particularly as the number of injured terrorists is reported to be high,” an official said.

Among those killed was a light-skinned man who authorities believe is a foreigner.

The raid was staged following intelligence reports that the group was planning an attack in the area.

Community members are encouraged to report any suspicious behaviour or individuals seeking assistance in the area.

A major operation is ongoing in areas affected by terror-related attacks.

This has seen a significant reduction in such incidents.

Areas bordering Boni Forest have been facing increased terror-related attacks largely due to its proximity to the Somalia border.

The border areas of Mandera, Wajir, Lamu and Garissa have faced similar attacks resulting in slugging development in the areas.

Kenya postponed the planned reopening of its border with Somalia due to such attacks.

The government says they have acquired more resources to enhance operations in the border area against the terrorists.

The attacks have left many dead and displaced scores hence affecting development.

Police and military officials said they are in active pursuit of the attackers believed to be remnants of al Shabaab hiding in Boni Forest.

The terrorists cross over from Somalia and stage attacks in Kenya before retreating to their hideouts in the forest areas under their control.

Kenya has been staging operations over the years to tame their activities.

Somalia has not had no stable government for decades to help in addressing such attacks.


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