2 children, suspected Al Shabaab militant shot dead in Diani

Tragic early morning raid

File image of an Al Shabaab operative. Early morning raid in Diani ends with 2 civilian casualties and 1 suspected  militant dead

Police in Kwale County on Saturday fatally injured two children in the course of neutralizing a suspected Al Shabaab militant.

The target used the two children as a human shield leading to the death of all three.

The dawn raid in Diani also left five others seriously injured.

Al Shabaab militant identified as Mohamed Mapenzi

The eliminated target has been identified as one Mohamed Mapenzi.

A police report indicated that another Al Shabaab suspect in police custody, Saidi Chitswa alias Ninja disclosed Mohamed's location.

Mohamed attempted to escape after police found him by throwing an activated grenade at the officers.

His wife and children were injured in the exchange and are currently hospitalized.

Coast head of Directorate of Criminal Investigations Washington Njiru confirmed that two other suspects had been arrested in the raid while one police officer had been seriously injured.

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