5 Kenya Soldiers Killed In Lamu Alshabaab Attack
Five KDF soldiers were killed after their vehicles ran over an improvised explosive device in Lamu county at about 8am on Wednesday. Spokesman Paul Njuguna said the officers were on a humanitarian civil assignment before the attack by Al Shabaab militants. The troops were on their way to fetch and distribute water to residents. Both the water bowser and lorry were damaged. "The soldiers hit the explosive along the Kinga and Sankuri road injuring 10 others," Njuguna said. "We thank the locals who offered assistance to the soldiers and call upon them to assist in weeding out lurking terror elements." Al Shabaab has in the past launched attacks in Kenya targeting civilians, in revenge for Kenya moving its troops into Somalia in 2011. On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and US' Donald Trump agreed to deepen cooperation on matters defence and security for efficient war against terror. Speaking during a joint conference, the two presidents pledged to build on acquisition of military equipment made in the United States. President Trump committed to further enhance Kenya Defence Forces capabilities to enable fight the enemy. "We have had very strong and excellent cooperation with the US in security and defence, especially in the fight against terrorism. Most important, we are here looking to enhance our partnership in trade and investment," Uhuru said.