5 Kenyan troopers had been killed in an assault claimed by the Somali group al Shaabab in Lamu County on Kenya’s north coast on Wednesday, a senior official mentioned.

The native authorities official within the county, who requested to not be named, mentioned the assault occurred between the areas of Majengo and Bodhei. He mentioned 5 troopers had been killed after their truck ran over an improvised explosive system.

“We heard a blast. Shortly after, KDF (Kenya Defence Forces) choppers were patrolling in the air,” the official instructed Reuters.

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Njuguna instructed Reuters that six troopers had been injured, two critically, within the explosion however none had been killed.

It was not instantly clear why the accounts of the KDF and the county official differed.

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for army operations, mentioned the group was behind the assault on the KDF convoy, and put the variety of these killed at 9.

Kenyan officers say the group typically exaggerates casualty figures.

The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab goals to topple Somalia’s U.N.-backed authorities and impose its personal strict interpretation of Islam. They’ve intensified assaults in Kenya because it despatched troops into Somalia in 2011.

The group has launched a number of assaults, together with ones by which they’ve beheaded folks, previously yr within the coastal county. Kenyan safety officers say the militants have used the Boni forest straddling the Kenya-Somalia border as a hideout and base for assaults