Eleven suspected Al-Shabab fighters and two Kenyan soldiers have been killed in a firefight outside a military camp in southeastern Kenya’s Lamu County, military officials said
Kenyan Military spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said the attack took place early on Sunday morning in the town of Baure, close to the Kenya-Somalia border.
“The attack was repulsed. During the firefight, 11 al-Shabab terrorists including two fighters of Caucasian origin were neutralized. Several others fled with injuries towards the forest and hot pursuit is currently under way,” he said.
“Regrettably, the Kenya defence forces lost two soldiers during the firefight. We appeal to the locals in the area to report to the security agencies anybody seeking medical assistance or any suspicious-looking individuals who might attempt to hide in the area.” he added.
Other reports say the fighters went to another town in the area before the attack, where they preached at a mosque for about an hour, condemning Kenyan forces for their presence in Somalia.
The Somalia-based armed group has carried out several attacks in Kenya in retaliation over the military presence in Somalia.
More than 150 mainly students were killed when the group raided Garissa university college on early May.