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10 police officers were ambushed by an unknown group in Lamu County, Kenya on Tuesday evening. None of the officers were hurt because they were able to avoid running over an IED, which was supposed to start the ambush. When they missed the bomb, they were fired upon by an unknown number of assailants. They were able to fight back and drive the attackers away. This was most likely committed by the terrorist group al-Shabaab, who has been very active in the Lamu area this year. They have used this same tactic on several other occasions as well.


2017-10-13 Kenya (TheNation) More than 10 administration police officers escaped death after the vehicle they were travelling in narrowly missed running over a bomb on Tuesday evening.

Security agents suspect Al-Shabaab planted the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Mambore-Mkokoni Junction near the Kiunga KenGen Power Station in Lamu East, targeting the officers on patrol.



Early Wednesday morning, Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said an unknown number of heavily armed militants were hiding in the bushes and shot at the Land Cruiser when it evaded the IED.

A fierce 10-minute fire exchange ensued.

“Our officers responded immediately and managed to overpower the militants. They fled into the bushes. Luckily, all our officers escaped unhurt. It’s only the Land Cruiser’s windscreen that was broken. It was towards darkness when the incident happened so we are still waiting for more details from the ground,” said Mr Kitiyo.




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