Following a gun battle in Lamu’s Boni Forest on Saturday, four Al-Shabaab militants were killed by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) personnel.
“The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops fought and killed four Al Shabaab militants in Sarira, Boni Forest in Lamu County this morning at around 7.30 a.m.,” the KDF claimed.
Following fierce resistance from Kenyan troops, additional extremists escaped to neighboring Somalia with severe wounded, according to the KDF.
No injuries were recorded on KDF soldiers during the encounter.
KDF said that it had enhanced security in the coastal town to bar the Somalia-based terror outfit from carrying out attacks in the country.
“KDF troops under Operation Amani Boni, have intensified patrols in the locality and will continue, along with other security agencies and support from local residents, to pacify the area in a bid to get rid of Al Shabaab terrorists,” KDF said.
Kenya has borne the brunt of Shabaab attacks since it launched a military offensive against the militant group in Somalia 10 years ago.
Kenyan troops entered Somalia on October 14, 2011 in response to attacks from the Al-Shabaab, who had staged a series of kidnappings and attacks in different parts of the country particularly the coastal strip.
In 2012, KDF was integrated into an umbrella of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and has since served alongside troops from Burundi, Djibouti and Uganda.
The Al-Qaeda linked rag tag militia have also staged major attacks in the Northern region and Kenya’s capital Nairobi which has led to the loss of hundreds of lives.