Soldiers of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) on Thursday killed 12 suspected Al-Shabaab militants in a raid at their camp inside the vast Boni Forest in Lamu County.
KDF’s special operations team ambushed the terrorists in their Korisa Kotile camp, which has been their hideout for long.
The camp is located at Nginda, an area between Korisa and Bargoni.
Among those killed on Thursday was a notorious local commander from the Coast region who had been providing intelligence and logistical support to terrorists hiding in the forest.
The KDF soldiers found weapons including three AK 47 rifles, seven magazines, more than 1,000 bullets, pouches and a water carrier.
The raid comes a week after special forces killed six militants and captured one in Garissa County.
It is a big blow to the extremist group as militants holed up in the forest may starve due to lack of food supplies and ammunition.
The camp was the group’s only remaining one in Kenya, which it used to coordinate their activities.