Kenyan soldiers kill 5 al-Shabab fighters in border region

NAIROBI, KENYA -APRIL 2: Security forces guard after Al-Shabaab terrorists shot the students' way into Garissa University College, at least 147 students were killed and 79 injured, four militants killed, in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 2, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NAIROBI, KENYA -APRIL 2: Security forces guard after Al-Shabaab terrorists shot the students’ way into Garissa University College, at least 147 students were killed and 79 injured, four militants killed, in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 2, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Kenyan soldiers on Monday killed five al-Shabab militants after the terrorists ambushed the military convoy in Mandera County near the common border.

The convoy of Kenya Defence Forces was on Lafey – Alungu – Elwak Road when it came under attack at about 6.45 a.m., witnesses and police in the region said.

A security report said one security official was killed and two others injured during the fierce gunfight between the soldiers and al-Shabab terrorists.

A senior police officer confirmed the death toll, saying the injured have been rushed to the hospital.

“Five al-Shabab fighters were killed and many others injured during the early morning ambush,” said the security officer who declined to be named.

The report said the team was headed for a local airstrip when the incident happened. A witness said the ambush and subsequent fighting lasted about 30 minutes.

The gang used grenades and rifles in the attack before retreating into a bush. The area is near the Kenya-Somalia border and is known for such ambushes.