Monday, June 15, 2015
Gallant KDF Kill Al Shabaab Commander Shirwa & Briton Thomas Evans In Botched Lamu Attack
The Briton was among the 11 militants who were killed after they attacked a military base in Lamu County.
Al Shabaab, who have confirmed they took part in the weekend attack, claimed that they killed many Kenyan soldiers but did not give an exact figure. The militant group is known for giving higher death toll than officials.
Also Read: Correction: Only Two KDF Soldiers Killed, 11 Al Shabaab Neutralized According To Military Spokesman
Al Shabaab’s Luqman Osman Issa popularly known as Shirwa, who is said to have led the Mpeketoni attack that saw 65 people killed, was among those killed by the KDF according Colonel Obonyo.
The KDF Spokesman told Reuters:
"This is a big victory for us and also a major setback for al Shabaab because now there is no mainstream commander in the Lamu area…" The body of Shirwa is being preserved at a morgue in Mpeketoni.
Also killed is Thomas Evans who converted to Islam at the age of 19 and went by the name of Abdul Hakim.
Obonyo was quoted by Reuters as saying:
"But we cannot be certain sometimes looks can be deceiving. The necessary forensic investigations are being done including a DNA test I understand”