At least two Kenyan police officers were injured in clashes with al-Shabaab fighters in the coastal county of Lamu.

The fighting broke after Car belonging to border security patrol unit hit landmine at Kiunga area in Lamu County.

According to a statement by the police, the Border Security Patrol (BSP) unit members engaged the fighters.

Two police officers were said to have sustained critical injuries.

“Though heavily armed, the cells activities are limited due to lack of essential supplies such as bullets and food,” read the police report.

The development comes hours after Kenya deployed security forces at its border with Somalia.

Al-Shabaab frequently stages attacks in Kenya to put pressure on Nairobi to withdraw its soldiers from Somalia.

The East African nation had deployed hundreds of its soldiers in Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab fighters.

Currently, a Kenyan military contingent is part of the African Union (AU)-mandated peacekeeping force AMISOM that helps defend the central government

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