Mokowe GSU camp in Lamu West was on Tuesday attacked by the Al Shabaab militants hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta waged war against the terror group.
The officers at the station overpowered the heavily armed terrorists, who approached the camp in two groups at around 1 am, forcing the to flee into Mpeketoni forest.
“At around 1 am, we saw two groups of people approaching our camp. We asked them to identify themselves but they refused.”
“That’s when we decided to fire at them. They also started firing back. The fire exchange lasted for about 20 minutes before we overpowered them.”
“They disappeared into the bushes,” a police officer, who asked not to be named, said.
Another police officer said he received a text message from one of his bosses asking him to be alert since Mokowe GSU camp was under attack.
“It was around 3 am. I contacted one of my colleagues at Mokowe who confirmed they were attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants but managed to repulse the attackers.”
“There weren’t any casualties despite the exchange of fire that ensued,” the officer said.
The incident came barely a week after more than five people, including police officers, were killed by militants who hijacked a vehicle carrying Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy.
The incident took place just hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed rallies in Kizingitini in Lamu East and Mpeketoni in Lamu West.
He declared war against the terror group and gave a ‘shoot to kill’ order.
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