Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) spokesman Colonel David Obonyo said on Monday the vehicle had been stolen in December 2015 in Kenya’s Lamu county.

Kenya “The security forces patrolling the Kenya-Somalia border along Boni Forest, picked trail of the suspicious vehicle on Saturday. The vehicle was trailed to Boni Forest where the security agencies established that its occupations were Al-Shabaab terrorists,” Obonyo said in a statement released in Nairobi.

He said the forces engaged the Islamist fighters from Somalia inside the forest and later killed four of them on the spot with two others escaped with multiple bullet wounds.

“Hot pursuit of the terrorists is ongoing. There were no casualties on the security forces,” said Obonyo.
“During the incident, four AK 47 rifles, three IEDs, three pistols, ammunitions and a Global Positioning System (GPS) gadget were recovered,” he added.

The KDF spokesman said the joint security forces combing the vast forest recovered the vehicle, but realized that it was rigged with explosives and booby-trapped, prompting them to detonate the explosives and the vehicle was also damaged in the process.

Obonyo appealed to local residents to report to them any suspicious character or any individual seeking medical attention with injuries sustained under unclear circumstances.

The latest move came after three people were on Sunday morning killed after gunmen attacked Bondeni villages near Pandanguo, Lamu County.

The attackers also torched unknown number of houses in the area before escaping. Witnesses said there were injuries on unknown number of villagers. The attackers shot their victims in the incident.

The police then said security personnel had been mobilized to the area to track down the attackers who escaped after the 5 am incident.

The area has been under attack more than twice in the past year alone leaving dozens dead and many others displaced. The Sunday incident came less that a week after a police lorry ran over an Improvised Explosive Device killing seven police officers.

Security forces are currently conducting an operation in the larger Boni Forest where most of the gunmen are believed to be hiding before they launch attacks.

The government is yet to fully secure the forest almost five months since the operation was launched by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on September last year.

The IED strategically planted along the roads near Kenya Somalia border are slowing down the operations in the vast forest which is near the Somali border, according to commanders involved in the operation.

The areas affected include Bondhei, Pandanguo, Kiunga, Baragoi and Milimani which has claimed several lives in the recent past. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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