By Chris Mgidu and Joy Nabukewa LAMU (Xinhua) --
At least three people were killed on Thursday after the
vehicles they were travelling in were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED)
in Tana River’s coastal region in east Kenya.
Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo confirmed the incident, saying that suspected Al-Shabaab
militants also sprayed the two vehicles with bullets before escaping into the
vast Boni Forest.
It was not
clear whether the three were shot dead or were killed when their vehicles ran
over the explosive along the Garsen-Lamu road.
vehicles were on their way from Garsen to Lamu when they ran over the IED and
exploded, killing three occupants on the spot. Several others were also
injured,” Kitiyo told Xinhua by telephone.
He said the
injured were rushed to Witu hospital where they are undergoing treatment, adding
that a combined team of security agents drawn from regular police and military
were immediately dispatched to the scene.
followed the beheading of four people by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Lamu
County on Aug. 18.
divisional police commander Riziki Ali said the affected vehicles were a truck
and a salon car. He said the three are believed to have been shot dead by the
three other locals were attacked and injured on Wednesday night by the same
police chief said this is an indication the militants are still operating in the
area despite intensified police operations.
have camped in the area, destroying property and killing security personnel in
ambushes amid intensified attacks along the towns situated along the vast
Most of the
ambushes take place in Wajir, Garissa, Lamu and Mandera counties as protest over
the incursion of Kenya troops in Somalia.
took place amid operations to flush Al-Shabaab fighters out of Boni Forest which
the militants have been using as their hideout.
believe the militants are using the forest for recruitment and training of Kenya
youth to join the group and later to wage terrorist attacks in the country.