Kenya Official: Al-Shabab Commander Killed in Attack of Army

June 15, 2015 Updated: June 15, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya—Kenya’s military Monday said they had killed the commander of al-Shabab extremist group responsible for two attacks a year ago that killed at least 60 people, as he led an attack on a military camp in the same area.

Authorities are also trying to establish whether one of the bodies of two white men, among the suspected extremists killed in the Sunday attack on an army camp in Lamu County over the weekend, is that of Briton Thomas Evans.

Photos of Evans, also known as Abdul Akim, seem to match with the body but only DNA and biometric tests can determine his identity conclusively, military spokesman Col. David Obonyo said.

Obonyo said one of the attackers is Kenyan Luqeman Osman Issa who has been the main al-Shabab commander in the area. Issa was believed responsible for the killing of two soldiers in an ambush on May 24, 2014 in the Baragoni area in Lamu County and the attacks on Mpeketoni and Poromoko areas on June 15 -17, 2014 in which at least 60 people were killed.

In a firefight, the Kenyan army on Sunday killed 11 militants who attacked the camp — including two apparent foreigners — from the Somali extremist group and suffered two fatal casualties.