Five KDF soldiers perish in Lamu IED attack

Five Kenya Defense Forces soldiers were killed Wednesday morning after their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device along Kiunga –Sankuri road in Lamu County.

According to KDF spokesperson Colonel Paul Njuguna, ten other soldiers sustained injuries following the incident.

The Wednesday 8 am incident occurred when the truck carrying soldiers who were on a humanitarian mission to distribute  water to residents of the volatile region hit an improvised explosive device resulting in the death of five soldiers  leaving ten others nursing serious wounds.

In a statement, Colonel Njuguna said the incident happened along the Kiunga and Sankuru road in Lamu County.

It took a combined effort of locals and the reinforcement from other security teams to assist the victims following the explosion.

Colonel Njuguna called on the residents to volunteer information that will enable security agencies weed out terror elements in the region.

Kiunga and the expansive Boni forest has seen frequent attacks against locals and security forces blamed on Al-shabaab adherents.

In May this year, the Somalia-based terrorists claimed responsibility for the roadside bomb attack that killed nine Kenyan soldiers on the Kenya-Somalia border.

The group also published the claims in a statement shared through its media affiliate Radio Andalus.

The Kenya Defence Forces soldiers died after their vehicle, a Toyota Landcruiser, ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) near the Somali town of Dhobley.

The soldiers were in a convoy that was returning to their camp on the outskirts of Dhobley, Lower Jubba region, from Dadaab camp in northern Kenya.

The Al-shabaab terrorists have continued to attack Kenyan soldiers leading to many deaths.


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