Security agencies in Coast are on red alert following a brazen gun attack on 10 police officers in Lamu yesterday, barely 24 hours after at least 16 Al-Shabaab fighters slipped into the country from Somalia.
The officers from Border Patrol Unit narrowly escaped death after suspected Shabaabs opened fire on their vehicle on the Lamu-Gamba road in Nyongoro.
“It was reported that while escorting motor vehicles from Lamu to Gamba, the lead vehicle, GKB 253T, came under heavy attack at Lango La Simba area at about 1115 hrs,” reads a police report seen by uhondo.news.
The officers responded and a heavy exchange of fire ensued for about 10 minutes before the attackers were overpowered, according to the report.
The vehicles in the convoy, which were behind the lead escort car, were stopped as the officers battled the armed men, the report said.
The Sunday attack happened on the day intelligence reports indicated that at around 5 am on Saturday, 16 suspected Shabaabs crossed from Somalia into Garissa before entering Tana River County.
The suspects allegedly used a canoe to cross River Tana that separates the two counties.
The intelligence report further noted that the militants were likely to conduct terrorist attacks on security installations and other vital infrastructure, including laying ambushes on public service vehicles within the county.
In Lamu, County Police Commander Moses Murithi confirmed that the heavily armed militants ambushed the vehicle that was carrying about 10 officers at Nyongoro.
He said combined units of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and police are on the militants’ trail.
The county police commander, however, assured the public, especially the commuters on the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road, that their security is guaranteed.
Coast regional police boss Gabriel Musau said security agencies are on the trail of the attackers after their failed attack.