World Bulletin/News Desk
Seven members of militant movement Al-Shabaab were killed on Wednesday, along with a Kenyan army soldier when fighting erupted between the militant movement and the Kenyan army in Lamu County, near the border with Somalia, the Kenyan Department of Defense has said.
It added in a statement that the Kenyan army had raided the hideouts of 13 Al-Shabaab militants in the Basuba Forest in Lamu County.
It noted that the army had managed to foil terrorist attacks planned in Lamu by the militant group, which is mainly active in Somalia.
The Defense Department added that Kenyan Defense Forces had also succeeded in recovering AK47 rifles during the raid, along with hand grenades and rocket-propelled grenades after the militants fled back to Somalia.
Al-Shabaab, meanwhile, claimed that it had killed 20 Kenyan troops in the showdown. It added in an internet statement that it had ambushed a Kenyan Defense Force convoy that was heading to Ijara district from Lamu.
The militant group also claimed that it had destroyed five Kenyan army vehicles.
The Basuba and Boni forests, which stretch into Somalia, have recently become a hideout for Al-Shabaab militants planning to attack Kenya.
In 2014, Lamu was plagued by a series of Al-Shabaab attacks. In June of 2014, more than 60 people were killed in two attacks in Mpeketoni, a small town in Lamu district. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for both attacks.Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2015, 23:29