Nairobi - In a firefight, the Kenyan army killed 11
militants - including two apparent foreigners - from the Somali extremist group
al-Shabaab and suffered two fatal casualties, a military spokesperson said
Two soldiers were killed in the firefight at dawn as the
militants attacked an army camp in Lamu County, Colonel David Obonyo said.
Among the al-Shabaab militants killed were two Caucasian men Obonyo said, and
efforts are underway to establish their identities.
He said members of the militant group do not carry any
identification documents. Al-Shabaab recruits foreign fighters from neighbouring
countries and abroad, including American and British nationals.
Sunday's attack took place a day before the anniversary
of an al-Shabaab attack in Mpeketoni town in Lamu County that saw 48
non-Muslims killed in a bloodbath that went on for hours without any
intervention from security forces.
Al-Shabaab militants say they are carrying out attacks in
Kenya because it is among African countries that have deployed troops to
Somalia to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia's
Al-Shabaab controlled most of Mogadishu, the Somali
capital, from roughly 2007 to 2011.
The group, which has links with al-Qaeda, has seen its
territory reduced after military pushes by African Union and Somali forces.