After seven citizens were killed in two assaults earlier this week, the government deployed security personnel and enforced a nighttime curfew in Lamu County, roughly 420 kilometers from Nairobi’s capital.
“This morning, we had a difficulty, and four police officers were killed.” Their car was rammed and set on fire, according to Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia.
The national police stated that a morning patrol had been attacked, but did not provide any other details.
“The police officers who were on board reacted quickly and managed to repel the bandits, but there were unfortunately victims,” she wrote on her Twitter account. “An investigation has been opened, while a team of police are actively pursuing the bandits.”
A senior Lamu police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the vehicle was on patrol when it was “hit” by a rocket launcher.
The attack has not yet been claimed.
Lamu County, where the tourist island of the same name is located, is located near the border with Somalia and has already been the scene of several jihadist attacks.
Since its military intervention in southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Shabab Islamists, Kenya has been the target of several deadly attacks, notably against the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in September 2013 (67 dead) and the University of Garissa in the east of the country in April 2015 (148 dead).
Earlier this week, police first attributed the killing of seven civilians in Lamu to Shebab fighters.
One man was beheaded and others shot or burned alive in two separate attacks on Sunday and Monday. But authorities later said the violence was linked to a local land dispute.
Kenya’s interior ministry said on Wednesday that “unrest” was raging in parts of Lamu County, adding that security forces were searching the area for weapons.
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