At least nine Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers were killed after a vehicle they were traveling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Gedo, Somalia.
Five other military personnel sustained injuries following the attack and were airlifted back to the country for further treatment, according to officials.
Reports indicate that a lorry carrying the troops ran over an IED that had been set on the roadside by Al-Shabaab militants operating in the area.
The lorry was in a convoy that had drawn water from a point inside Kenya and was crossing into Somalia for use when the incident happened at about 1 pm.
KDF officials say Al-Shabaab fighters have resorted to deploying IEDs on the main supply routes of the Kenyan soldiers, who have intensified their operations to wipe out the militants in the region.
This comes days after several road construction workers died after suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a site at Majengo area within Boni Forest in Lamu County on Friday.
According to sources, a group of heavily armed suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists stormed the site owned by the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) around 1pm and opened fire, killing at least five people on the spot.
The assailants also burnt down a construction vehicle (tipper) and several motorcycles belonging to casual labourers.
They abducted two Chinese foremen who they later released with one having his hands chopped off.
The construction workers who were killed were part of a team of labourers who are undertaking the construction of the Sh17.9 billion Lapsset corridor project access road.
Last week, KDF soldiers killed an Al-Shabaab terrorist and injured several others along the Milimani-Baure main supply route in Boni forest.
An AK-47 assault rifle and three magazines were recovered during the 8am encounter.
Two weeks ago, KDF also gunned down four Al-Shabaab militants at Sarira area, near the Lamu-Somalia border as the terrorists attempted to cross the border into Kenya.
Several other Al-Shabaab militants escaped into Somalia with injuries during the incident. No injuries were reported on the KDF side.