By ZADOCK ANGIRA and Kalume Kazungu
Somalilandsun – The men who shot dead two Kenya soldiers in Lamu also stole their guns and then vanished, police sources have said.
However, Lamu East police chief Samuel Obara said he was not aware that guns were stolen.
“I don’t have any information concerning the theft of G3 rifles. Furthermore, we are not going to discuss sensitive security matters in the media,” Mr Obara told the Nation in a telephone interview yesterday.
The soldiers were killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militia after they were caught resting while their colleagues enjoyed refreshments after their vehicle got stuck in the mud.
They were attacked by men in a Toyota Land Cruiser registration number KAV 599E.
Two of the three soldiers – a corporal and a private – were killed.
The third officer shot dead the attackers’ driver as his accomplices escaped on foot, leaving behind their vehicle.
The names of the felled soldiers have not been released and the bodies were yesterday airlifted to Nairobi for autopsy.
Mr Obara also said two other soldiers had been found after they were reported missing.
“The officers had gone in pursuit of the Al-Shabaab but got lost on their way back,” he said.
Mr Obara said the soldiers reported to their camp at Ras Kamboni near the border with Somalia yesterday morning.
“Our soldiers went after the attackers whom they believed could have crossed into Somalia. But they are safely back in camp,” he said.
Mr Obara said apart from the soldiers who were killed, no other Kenyan was injured.
He, however, said they suspected some militants escaped with bullets wounds. The police boss said Kenyan soldiers had launched a major manhunt for the killers.