Police on Thursday morning foiled an attempted attack by Al Shabaab Militants at Lafey Police Station in Mandera County, leaving one police officer and several militants killed during the repulse.
Police said that the attackers were targeting two police camps and managed to destroy two police vehicles and sped off with one after firing a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG).
“There was an attack this (Thursday) morning where a police officer was killed and we believe several of the attackers were also killed,” a senior police officer said.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, while confirming the incident, said that adequate security personnel had been stationed to enhance security in the region. “The attackers were repulsed during the attempted attack and several of them suffered fatalities and others serious injuries,” Boinnet said, “we also lost one officer.”
He added two police vehicles were destroyed during the botched attack, while one police vehicle was stolen. “We have intensified security in the region and officers are tracking down the attackers. I want to assure area residents of their security,” he said.
Another attack in Lamu late Wednesday by suspected Shabaab left three people killed and four injured after a passenger bus was ambushed by the attackers.