Lamu, Kenya: Kenya Defence Forces ( KDF) have said they killed five of the gunmen who raided Mpeketoni and left more than 60 people dead. The soldiers said they shot dead the five in Bodei area in Garsen, Tana River near the Kenya-Somalia border on Wednesday night and recovered three AK 47 rifles.
“Police will brief you later but we caught up with five of the attackers and killed them while the rest, who were the majority, managed to escape,” said a senior military officer who asked not to be named.
The official said the KDF personnel were on normal patrols in the area when they clashed with the gunmen. The incident is said to have happened at about 10pm. Military personnel operate in Lamu and Ras Kamboni in Somalia. Police boss David Kimaiyo confirmed the incident, but said he did not have details on the same.
The revelation by KDF vindicates Prime Minister Odinga that the President’s statement on Mpeketoni was unfortunate. President had blamed Opposition for the attacks.
”This is how one looses respect, he says its Raila and the military whom he commands are saying its Alshabaab” noted a senior security analyst based in Nairobi.
Earlier on, unknown assailants had on Wednesday night attacked a convoy of security officers at Mukowe in Lamu, 60km from the scene of the Mpeketoni attack but no injury was reported.
Gunmen pounced on Mpeketoni and Kibaoni areas of Lamu County and killed more than 60 people in a harrowing incident that lasted for hours on Sunday and Monday. They also torched several structures and displaced households.