Terrorists suspected to belong to al Shabaab have killed at least four police officers on Friday, January 7th, 2022 by gunmen in Milihoi, Lamu.
Sergeant Isaac Omuse Okodoi, corporal Hosea Kimutai and constables Peter Parsayo and Mohamed Guyo were fatally shot by militants believed to be al Shabaab terrorists when a vehicle they were travelling in was attacked.
The attack happened at around 9.30am as the officers were returning from Mpeketoni after escorting vehicles from Gamba.
“The vehicle GKB 629Y came under bandits attack and all the four officers on board were fatally shot,” a report made at Hindi police station shows.
The officers also fought back at the attackers, a number of whom are believed to have escaped with injuries.
The militants are believed to have also attacked the police Land Cruiser using a rocket propelled grenade or an improvised explosive device.
It is the same area where former PS Mariam Elmawy was attacked and killed in 2018.
“Can’t be sure about al Shabab militants but police vehicles that had finished their escort duties came under attack early morning.
“The multi-agency security team there has responded quickly and the situation is normalising. No civilian has suffered any calamity,” Coast regional coordinator John Elungata said.
A contingent of officers responded to the scene and reported seeing bloodstains into the nearby forest amid a hunt for the attackers.
The area is among those under the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by the state on Wednesday. Thats why the attackers targeted the officers at daytime.
The National Security Council met for the first time this year to discuss attacks in parts of Lamu county.
The attacks have left 11 people including the officers dead.