by Chris Mgidu and
Joy Nabukewa KWALE (Xinhua) --
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants shot dead two Kenyan police
officers after raiding a church in the coastal Kwale region on
Sunday, police said.
Coast regional police commander
Lorry Kieng said the gunmen riding on motorbike attacked
Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) before escaping with two rifles
belonging to the slain officers who were guarding worshippers in
Kieng said one police officer was shot dead on the spot while
another succumbed to injuries after being rushed to hospital,
noting that the motive behind the attack has been not been
"The two police officers were guarding the church when they
were confronted," said Kieng.
Residents said the gunmen were Al-Shabaab members who had
returned to the country from Somalia.
"Our officers have launched investigations to establish the
motive of the gunmen.
"We can not rule out terrorism, the attack is not a normal
"Their intention was to steal the guns to plan other
attacks," Kieng said.
Several areas in the northeastern Kenya including coastal
regions that borders Somalia have been the target of Al-Shabaab
terrorists who kill innocent citizens, as well as security
officers and other government officials, using either gunfire or
The regions are also prone to attacks in which police
officers including civilians have lost their lives or sustained
injuries when patrol cars ran over landmines or into grenade