Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) troops on Sunday killed three Al-Shabab terrorists in a raid in their camp in the vast Boni Forest, Lamu County in the coast region, an official confirmed.
Gabriel Musau, head of the Coast police, said that the special forces, in the dawn raid, killed the terrorists and recovered communication equipment and weapons that were being used by the terror group to wreak havoc in the Lamu area that borders Somalia.
During the attack near Bothai, KDF soldiers also arrested one terrorist and are holding him for interrogation.
Musau said they had intensified operations in the area following reports of the terrorists’ sightings there.
Last week, Kenyan police officers escaped death narrowly on Sunday following a roadside blast in the coastal Lamu County. Musau said the vehicle in which a team of special forces from the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) was traveling in was targeted by Al-Shabab militants in Nyangoro area, Lamu County.
He added that the attackers escaped soon after their failed attempt to hit the vehicle using an improvised explosive device.
The police commander said there are no injuries or damages that were reported in the foiled incident.
“No casualties were reported. They escaped after their attempt failed but we are pursuing them,” said Musau on the phone.
This is the latest such attempt on security forces after a lull of almost eight months in the tourism resort area.
The militants operate from the neighboring Somalia which is facing a security crisis over terror-related incidents.
Musau said they had enhanced operations in the area to tame any planned attack after locals had earlier expressed fears the incident was an indication the terrorists or their remnants are operating within the area.