Three arrested in Laikipia hours after Lamu attack

Barely hours after three Americans, one a military serviceman and two contractors were killed in an attack by Somalia’s Al Shabaab militant group on Sunday at a Lamu military base in Kenya jointly run by Kenyan and US forces, police in Nanyuki, Laikipia County arrested three suspected terrorists as they attempted to force their way into a highly secured British military camp.

According to Rift Valley police commander, Marcus Ocholla the suspects though unarmed had sinister motives. It is reported, the suspects conducted pre-surveillance before trying to gain entry into the camp. The trio is being interrogated by detectives and anti-terrorism police unit (ATPU) officers.

According to a statement from the US Africa Command (Africom), one US serviceman and two contractors with the US Department of Defense were killed in the fighting.  Two other Americans who work for the Department of Defense were also wounded in the attack on the Manda Bay airfield close to the Somali border.

Al-Shabaab however claimed that there were 17 US casualties, nine Kenyan soldiers killed and seven aircraft destroyed.