Al-Shabaab target policemen in Mandera attack

Abdikarim Hussein Yesterday 52849
Al-Shabaab launch attack on Kenyan police officers
– A group of al-Shabaab militants attacked Kenyan police officers in Mandera County
– In the Mandera attack, the al-Shabaab militants ambushed two police vehicles heading to Arabia town from Mandera
– Three police officers were injured after the attack and are admitted at Lafey hospital
A group of al-Shabaab militants on Friday, June 3, ambushed Kenyan police officers in Mandera County.
The police officers were traveling in two vehicles heading to Arabia from Mandera town.
Three police officers were injured in the Mandera attack and are undergoing treatment at Lafey hospital.
Al-Shabaab target policemen in Mandera attack
FILE PHOTO: Security officers and government officials inspect a police car that was burnt during an attack on a convoy escorting the governor of Mandera region Ali Roba outside Mandera town, near Kenya’s border with Somalia and Ethiopia, March 13, 2015. Photo/Reuters
According to police the militants had planted land mines on the road near Arabia town.
Sergeant Bishar Issack, one of the drivers of the police vehicles attacked said they exchanged gunfire with attackers who were on the road.
Police also said the militants raided Alungu post office but were repulsed by officers on duty at the facility.
Mandera county commissioner Fredrick Sishia has ordered for the deployment of more General Service Unit (GSU), Administration Police and Kenya Defence Force to the hostile area.
Al-Shabaab target policemen in Mandera attack
Al-Shabaab fighters Photo/harar 24
The Mandera attack on the police officers comes just days after the government had issued warnings on possible attacks by the terror group in the area during the month of Ramadhan.
Police had named areas that could be targeted by al-Shabaab attacks with Arabia being one of the vulnerable areas in Mandera county.
Other areas in Mandera named as al-Shabaab targets are Fino and ElWak areas.
Other areas in danger of attacks are: IIkambere, Kolbio areas in Garrisa county and Boni Forest in the coast region.
The warnings on possible attacks had come after intelligence sources said several groups of al-Shabaab militants had infiltrated into Kenya across the border with Somalia.


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