Kenyan police have killed four terror suspects in a dawn raid in the Coastal town of Malindi.
The officers recovered mobile phones, arms, ammunition and maps describing future attacks.
A gun battle ensued during the raid before the militants were overpowered by the police.
Last night we got information leading to the houses which were suspected to be occupied by some terrorists. After knowing the information, we went there at around 2am.
“Last night we got information leading to the houses which were suspected to be occupied by some terrorists. After knowing the information, we went there at around 2am. We knocked at the door but instead of opening, they threw a hand grenade towards us,” Malindi police chief Matawa Muchangi said.
The militants are said to have been planning several attacks in a police post, a shopping mall and a popular tourist destination.
Among those killed was Suleiman Mohamed Awadh, whose name was in a list of 11 most wanted criminals which was released and circulated on media platforms.
“Among the deceased, we had a list of six very wanted persons and the one in the middle here is among the ones who were fatally injured by the police this morning,” Muchangi added.
Kenya has been on high security after Al-Shabaab militants recently raided a Kenya Defence Force camp in Somalia. The government has not yet provided figures of the number of soldiers who were killed in the attack but the militant group claims they killed more than 100 soldiers.
The country has been under attack from the insurgent group since it sent its troops to Somalia in 2011. Last year, Al-Shabaab scaled their attacks by killing at least 147 people in a Kenyan university.