Police officers are reported dead in a dawn attack by Islamist militants al-Shabab in the Pandanguo area of Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu.
The privately-owned Daily Nation newspaper quoted a local administrator, that at least two policemen have been killed and seven others are missing in the ongoing clashes with over 200 militants.
Unknown number of officers and villagers are missing. Some of the injured persons have been taken to Witu Hospital.”
Two militants were also killed as they attempted to raze Pandanguo police post during a dawn attack, the report says.
The administrator said that fierce fighting had paralysed learning in six primary schools in the area.
Kenya’s security forces responded quickly to the raid as they had received a tip-off about a possible attack.
Policemen and soldiers battled the al-Shabab fighters who managed to destroy a police post and attack a primary school in Pandanguo.
As the attack took place at dawn, the school was empty.
Residents escaped from their homesteads into the forest when they heard shots being fired, a Pandanguo village elder has told a local journalist.
A telephone mast in the area was disabled by the militants, severely affecting communication in the area, which is near the border with Somalia.