|A police officer views bodies of the six killed men|
Six armed men were Sunday gunned down and several others injured when a gang of about 20 armed youths attempted to raid the Nyali Army Barracks at dawn.
A similar incident occurred in Malindi when armed men attempted to overrun an Administration Police camp but were overpowered.
The two raids took place at about 5.30am
Circumstances of the daring attacks were scanty but sources indicated that the youths armed conducted the raid under the cover of heavy rainfall.
Speaking during a press brief at Uhuru na Kazi Building, the Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said in the ‘wee hours’ 20 youths attacked the 17 Kenya Army Rifles Nyali Barracks but were repulsed.
He said the gang dressed in black trousers resembling track-suit bottoms, black T-shirts and sky blue ribbons around their heads, unsuccessfully attempted to gain entry into the barracks, housing the 17 Kenya Rifles, an infantry battalion.
Officers shot dead six and arrested one before recovering knives, pangas and literature.
Marwa warned that the government would take decisive action against anybody planning to cause mayhem in the county.
He dismissed there was casualty from the security officers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered from the gang.