Thursday, 14 July 2016

Police kill terrorist, thwart another al-Shabaab attack in Lamu


Julia Majale Yesterday 52416
– Police have killed a suspected terrorist in Lamu after al-Shabaab militants attacked a police camp Thursday morning
– AK47 rifle, grenade, and other terrorist paraphernalia were recovered in the pursuit
– Attack happened just hours before five officers were killed at Kapenguria Police Station in West Pokot county in another attack by suspected al-Shabaab militant
One suspected terrorist has been killed and several others escaped with injuries after al-Shabaab militants attacked an RDU camp in Mangai, Lamu county Thursday morning, July 14.
A statement from the National Police Service said the militants attacked the camp around 1:00am.
The slain terrorist is suspected to have also been involved in the recent terror attacks in Mandera and Lamu.
“In the ensuing clearance/hot pursuit exercise, a body was found with an AK 47 rifle and other terorist paraphenalia,” reads a statement from the police.
An AK 47 rifle, grenade, and other terrorist paraphernalia were recovered in during the pursuit.
Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has said that security in the area has been beefed up with increased surveillance to thwart any more attacks.
Schools in the area have also been closed, with civil servants evacuated to safer grounds as police continue with their operations.
Kenya Defence Officers (KDF) have been carrying out an operation to flush out terrorists in Boni Forest, in Lamu.
The attack happened just hours before a similar attack in Kapenguria, West Pokot where a suspected terrorist is reported to have killed at least five police officers at Kapenguria police station.
Police kill terrorist, thwart another al-Shabaab attack in Lamu
Officers outside the Kapenguria Police Station where a suspected al-Shabaab militant opened fire. Image: Twitter/@richybosire
The suspect, Omar Okwaki Eumod, who had been arrested a day earlier, grabbed a gun from one of the officers and opened fire.
“This morning at about 5.30am at Kapenguria Police Station, within West Pokot county, an individual who had been arrested for suspect terror links managed to grab a firearm from a report office officer and shot at several officers who were on duty,” said Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.
The attack was thwarted after several officers from General Service Unit, quick reaction team and General duty surrounded the station.
Recce squad arrived soon after to end the hostage situation and rescue those caught in the stand-off.
“We have sent an elite Hostage Rescue Team to rescue other prisoners in the cells, and bring the stand-off to an end,” said Boinett.
The gunman at the center of the shooting has been killed, the actual number of casualties is still unknown. However, the Kapenguria police station boss Vitalis Ochido was reported to be among the dead.

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