Five suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed in Kenya

Kenyan soldiers Wednesday killed five suspected members of Al-Shabaab in the coastal town of Lamu near the Kenya-Somalia border, military officials said.

IANS| Updated: Jan 15, 2015, 09:18 AM IST

Nairobi: Kenyan soldiers Wednesday killed five suspected members of Al-Shabaab in the coastal town of Lamu near the Kenya-Somalia border, military officials said.

Military spokesman Col. David Obonyo said the insurgents ambushed the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) operating under the Africa Union peacekeeping (AMISOM) troops when they identified the ambush site, about 6 km to Basuba in Lamu County.

"The troops were on their routine administrative duties when they identified the ambush site, a firefight ensued and five suspected Al-Shabaab militants were killed," Obonyo said in a statement in Nairobi.

The military spokesman said some of the militants escaped with injuries, and an operation in their pursuit was launched immediately.

"Regrettably, KDF lost a soldier in the incident and the three others who sustained minor injuries are being accorded the necessary medical attention," said Obonyo, calling on residents in the area to inform the police of any people with gunshot wounds.