Two dead, houses torched in suspected Al Shabaab attack in Lamu
Two people have been killed and houses tourched at Taa Village between Pandanguo and Witu in Lamu county.
The suspected Al Shabaab assailants attacked the village at around 8pm but were repulsed by Kenya Police Reservists after a heavy gunfight.
They escaped into the Boni forest and a multi agency security team has been deployed in the area.
While confirming the attack, regional commissioner John Elungata said the officers are in pursuit of the attackers, urging locals to cooperate with security officers on the ground.
“The situation is calm, we have officers patrolling the area and we would like to ask members of the public to tell us what they know to help us in our investigations as we continue hunting them” said Elungata.
Sources say that the assailants were targeting weapons from the KPS officers but were encountered with unexpected force leading to their escape.
The attack comes barely a week after the suspected Al shabaab militants attacked a police vehicle between Hayley Lapsset camp and Garissa.
The police vehicle was heading to Garissa when it stepped on an improvised explosive device. They then attacked again using a rocket-propelled grenade followed by heavy gunfire that led to the death of one civilian and 2 police officers.
The vehicle attached to Galmagalla Police Station, Bura East operating along the LAPSSET corridor was also set ablaze by the assailants.
NTV has also learnt that more security personnel have been deployed including KPS as efforts counter the attackers intensify.