Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) troops on Sunday, December 27, killed three al-Shabaab terrorists during a raid in their camp in the vast Boni Forest, Lamu County in the coast region, an official confirmed.
Gabriel Musau, head of the Coast police, said that the special forces, in the dawn raid, killed the terrorists and recovered communication equipment and weapons that were being used by the terror group to wreak havoc in the Lamu area that borders Somalia.
The Kenyan military recovered grenades, several rounds of ammunition, magazines, mini-solar panels and communication radios.
During the attack near Bothai, KDF soldiers also arrested one terrorist and are holding him for interrogation.
Musau said they had intensified operations in the area following reports of the terrorists’ sightings there.
The operation by the special forces happened only a week after suspected al-Shabaab militants staged a daring attack on Border Patrol Unit officers who were escorting passengers along the Lamu-Gamba Road in Nyongoro.
The police officers engaged the militants in a gun battle that saw the attackers flee into the thick Boni Forest.
Since the attack, a sting operation was launched to hunt down the attackers who were believed to have crossed from Somalia through Garissa and then to Tana River County.