Roadside blast kills 5 Kenyan soldiers, injures 10 others

Nigerian soldiers in crisis area
Nigerian soldiers in crisis area

Five soldiers were killed and 10 others seriously injured in eastern Kenya  early Wednesday.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and government officials have confirmed the incident which took place at around 8 a.m.  local time (0500 GMT) along the Kiunga and Sankuri road in coastal county of Lamu.

No group has claimed responsilibty for the attack.

NAN reports that on Aug. 8, five soldiers were killed in an attack claimed by the Somali group al Shaabab in  Lamu County on Kenya’s north coast.

The local government official in the county, who asked not to be named, said the attack occurred between the areas  of Majengo and Bodhei.

He said five soldiers were killed after their truck ran over an improvised explosive device.

“We heard a blast. Shortly after, KDF choppers were patrolling in the air,” the official told Reuters.

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Lt.-Col. Paul Njuguna told Reuters that six soldiers were injured, two  critically, in the explosion but none were killed.

It was not immediately clear why the accounts of the KDF and the county official differed.

Abdiasis Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, said the group was behind the attack on  the KDF convoy, and put the number of those killed at nine.

Kenyan officials say the group often exaggerates casualty figures.

The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia’s U.N.-backed government and impose its own strict  interpretation of Islam.

They have intensified attacks in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia in 2011.

The group has launched several attacks, including ones in which they have beheaded people, in the past year in the coastal county.

Kenyan security officials say the militants have used the Boni forest straddling the Kenya-Somalia border as a hideout and base for attacks.

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