Kenya army says it has killed 11 militants in attack

Kenya Defense Forces spokesman David Obonyo said the Al Shabaab fighters raided the military camp at Baure in Lamu around dawn.

During the firefight, 11 terrorists including two fighters of Caucasian origin were neutralized. “Regrettably, KDF lost two soldiers during the fire fight”, said Obonyo.

Obonyo said the military had seized weapons including 13 AK-47 rifles, five rocket-propelled grenades and eight grenades.

A report by Human Rights Watch and the Kenya Human Rights Commission said the abuse suffered by the local communities in the wake of the attacks underscores an urgent need for far-reaching security reforms, including increasing their resources and weeding out abusive officers.

Sunday’s attack took place a day before the anniversary of an al-Shabab attack in Mpeketoni town in Lamu County that saw 48 non-Muslims killed in a bloodbath that went on for hours without any intervention from security forces.

The Somalia-based armed group has carried out several attacks in Kenya in retaliation over the country’s military involvement in Somalia.

The spokesman said the foreign fighters had not been identified.

He contacted his mother in January 2012 to reveal he had travelled on to Somalia to join al-Shabaab, the jihadist group behind atrocities in Kenya including the Westgate shopping mall attack that killed almost 70 people.

If confirmed, Evans’ death will be the first reported case of a British Islamist militant being killed on Kenyan soil. Tourist arrivals from the United States dropped 22 percent to 30,083.

Visitor numbers fell to 284,313 from 381,278 in January to May 2014, a drop of 25.4 percent, according to Kenya Tourism Board figures obtained by Reuters.

The number of visitors from Britain, the biggest contingent, fell by 35 percent to 36,022 in the period.

 

 

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