Three cops dead, one missing after al Shabaab raid Lamu post

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

The U.S. has about 50 service members in Somalia - advising and assisting members of the Somali military in their fight against al-Shabaab.

Assistant IG George Kinoti said one was seriously injured while another is missing.

By 6 p.m., three policemen had been killed and a gunbattle was continuing, police said.

Al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, confirmed Wednesday's attack to Reuters by phone.

In July 2014, more than 60 militants attacked the same village, torched houses and stole drugs at the same dispensary.

Witnesses said the gunmen attacked a police post and a school destroying property.

The strike occurred about 300 miles (480 km) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the Pentagon said.

The police source said 14 villagers who fled after the attack were found alive in the afternoon.

Somali officials said Washington has carried out several drone strikes in recent years against the Al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabaab.

Pentagon spokeswoman Major Audricia Harris, a spokeswoman said they are now assessing the results of the operation, and will provide additional information as appropriate.

Tuesday's strike was different than the two offensive strike operations conducted on June 11 and July 2 that were carried out under the new authorities granted by President Donald Trump in late March.

The airstrike follows one in June that the USA said killed eight Islamic extremists at a rebel command and logistics camp in the country's south.

Ethiopia, Kenya and the U.S. have all conducted air raids on Somali territory against the group which aims to topple Somalia's government, drive out African Union peacekeeping troops and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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