Kenya: 5 Soldiers Killed

July 14, 2017

Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed while on an operation to rescue a kidnapped government official.

According to the Kenyan Defence Forces, Public Works Principal Secretary, Mariam El Maawy was abducted by armed men on Thursday afternoon in Lamu County in the east of the country.

After El Maawy’s abduction, the Kenyan police force launched a joint operation with the army to rescue her.

El Maawy was reportedly put in a car and driven towards the Somali border. The driver of the car was speeding excessively, and eventually lost control of the car and the car rolled.

The police and army were in pursuit of the vehicle, and when the car rolled near the Somali border, the security forces managed to rescue El Maawy.

However, just as security forces managed got to her, a gunfight broke out, leaving four members of the joint security force, as well as El Maawy’s personal bodyguard, dead.

El Maawy herself was unharmed.

The armed attackers are believed to be part of the Al-Shabaab militants who have increased their presence and attacks in Kenya as of late.

The Al-Shabaab militants are fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Somalia, and in addition to carrying out attacks in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu regularly, the militant group has also set their sights on neighbouring countries, such as Kenya.

This is in retaliation to the Kenyan troops that are stationed in Somalia as part of the African Union’s security force.