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.