NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said they have launched
a manhunt for some 50 Al-Shabaab militants who raided a police
camp along the Somali border early Thursday.
General Joseph Boinnet said two police officers are missing
after a suspected Al-Shabaab attack at the Hamey patrol base in
"Over 50 terrorists attacked the police patrol base in two
land cruisers but the officers in the camp managed to repulse
them amid fierce exchange of fire," Boinett said in a statement
issued in Nairobi.
He said the retreated militants later returned in bigger
numbers onboard a lorry and fired three bombs into the camp,
destroying some tents and forcing police officers to withdraw
"Following subsequent reinforcement, all officers have been
accounted for except two.
"One has been airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment
after suffering gunshots," Boinett said.
The authority did not say whether the insurgents kidnapped
the two missing police officers but said three injured officers
were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
"It is confirmed that the attackers suffered one death and
several others seriously injured as they fled.
"Further operations are underway to pursue them and reinforce
all camps along the border," he said.
Police sources said the attackers stole machine guns, about
1,000 rounds of ammunition, police uniforms and a police pickup
Kenyan security personnel patrolling the Somalia border have
been hit by a series of attacks since Kenya sent its troops to
fight Al-Shabaab within Somalia.
The insurgents have launched several attacks in Mandera,
Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even
as the military reports gains against the terror group by
capturing its military bases and killing scores of its members.
Somalia army unit retake border town from 'al-Shabaab' militants