Police officer killed, 3 injured in suspected Al Shabaab attack
A police officer attached to the quick response team was killed on Tuesday afternoon in a suspected Al Shabaab attack, after a police escort vehicle for passenger buses was ambushed at Nyongoro area, along the Lamu-Tana River counties border.
Two other officers were also critically injured during the attack, with one Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) driver suffering gunshot wounds after their vehicle was attacked during a quick response mission near the KDF camp in the area.
According to security sources 2 GSU officers were also injured during the ambush.
Speaking to one of the witnesses on Wednesday, a driver with the Tawakal bus service company, Ali Mohamed revealed that at least 5 militants tried to wave down the buses to stop demanding to know whether there were any Christians in the bus.
However, the bus driver told the militants that all the occupants were Muslims, thus buying his way out of trouble.
Two other buses Mombasa Raha and Simba coach however, opted to go back to Witu town for fear of being attacked once they got wind that there were militants on the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road.
Mohamed further revealed that the militants gave them some leaflets, CDs and flash disks.
“We were stopped some metres from where the attack on the police escort vehicles took place with the militants demanding to know whether there were any Christians in our bus to which I told them there were none,” he stated, adding that he expressly told them that if there were Christians he was not going to let them die.
The police escort vehicle was damaged after the driver lost control and hit a tree during the ambush attack.
One of the officers who was also the team commander seated at the front was shot on the neck and chest. He succumbed to the injuries soon after.
This attacks comes a week after Operation Linda Boni Director, Joseph Kanyiri expressed optimism that the war on terror was being won by the government.
Lamu County Commissioner (CC), Gilbert Kitiyo has in previous interviews called on Lamu residents to make use of police escorts which he termed as necessary.
Efforts to reach the CC and the Linda Boni Director were futile as their phones went unanswered.
By Amenya Ochieng