Two police officers killed in Al-Shabaab raid in Kenya's coast


Two police officers have been killed and seven others are missing in their battle against suspected Al-Shabaab fighters in Lamu.

Authorities say suspected Somali Al-Shabaab militants raided a Kenyan police post in northern coastal Lamu region and destroyed communication masts in the area on Wednesday.

The militants had attacked the local police post and set it a blaze as well as a primary school and a dispensary.

They also attacked a communication mast in the area and destroyed it.

The police source said 14 villagers who fled after the attack were found alive in the afternoon.

Coast police boss Philip Tuimur confirmed that the security agencies responded to the attackers and engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

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The area is among that had received a facelift by the government under Operation Linda Boni as part of efforts to ensure locals receive services.

Security agents including those from Kenya Defence Forces rushed to the scene and it was not immediately clear if there were casualties. They captured events on the ground helping those on foot.

According to residents who witnessed the incident, the attck happened late in the night and ran to dawn.

Last week, four pupils and four policemen were killed in an Improvised Electronic Device attack launched by the militants in Kiunga on a police vehicle.

Besides Kenya, Al-Shabaab has attacked camps belonging to Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia causing massive causalities.