Nairobi, June 14 (IANS) Eleven Al Shabaab militants, including two fighters of Caucasian origin, were killed on Sunday during an attack at a military camp in Lamu county in Kenya’s coastal region, a military spokesperson said.
Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo said the Al Shabaab fighters raided the military camp at Baure in Lamu around dawn. Light weaponry, including 13 assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades, were recovered after a firefight.
He said the 11 attackers were killed in a fight with the Kenya Defence Forces, which also lost two soldiers. Several attackers fled with injures into a thicket near the border with Somalia, and a hot pursuit was underway.
“The attack was aggressively repulsed,” Obonyo said in a statement to Xinhua news agency. “We appeal to locals in the area to report to the security agencies anybody seeking medical assistance.”
The Somalia-based militant group has been attacking Kenya’s coastal and northeastern region since Kenya sent its military into Somalia in 2011 to fight the Al Qaeda-linked group.
In a deadly attack on April 2, the militants killed 148 people in a university in Garissa county.