LAMU, KENYA– At least six Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers were injured on Wednesday in a suspected al-Shabab attack in Lamu County in eastern Kenya.
KDF spokesman Paul Njuguna said the soldiers were on a routine security patrol when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).
“There was IED which injured six of our soldiers. Three of them are in critical condition and they have been airlifted for specialist treatment. The injured are stabilizing,” Njuguna told Xinhua by telephone.
The latest incident happened in the vast Boni forest which has been experiencing a recent lull of attacks in the past months due to various measures taken by authorities.
The attack also came hours after a military helicopter passed through the area while heading to Garissa County to deliver medical services.
Security personnel have since been deployed to the area to pursue the militants behind the attack at Bodhei area of Boni Forest.
Independent sources said five soldiers were killed and six others wounded when their landcruiser ran over an IED in Kwa Omolo area. Witnesses said the vehicle was moving from Baragoni toward Bodhei and was extensively damaged in the incident.
However, Njuguna dismissed such reports, saying only six soldiers were injured in the blast.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK