GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security officers have launched a manhunt
for al-Shabab militants who attacked a police camp in northeast
Garissa county near the Somalia border on Tuesday, injuring
three police officers.
coordinator Mohamud Saleh said on Wednesday that the attackers
believed to have crossed from neighboring Somalia first
destroyed the town’s Safaricom communication mast by hurling
explosives and later proceeded to attack Hamey police patrol
"Police officers engaged them with a heavy fire fight and got
The militia injured three officers who were flown to Kenya
Defence Forces (KDF) Dhobley base for medication," Saleh said.
He said the militants made away with a support weapon, police
vehicle, flags, solar batteries and VHF radio including food
Saleh said a contingent of police officers have been
mobilized to pursue the attackers after leaving the residents
with no communication network.
The administrator said security forces have intensified
patrols along the border with Somalia in the wake of terror
attacks in the border region.
This is the latest such incident in the area and no arrests
have been made so far.
Since the Kenyan soldiers crossed into Somalia in 2011,
several attacks believed to have been carried out by al-Shabab
have occurred in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa in northern.
Kenyan police foil al-Shabab
attack in Liboi border region
GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security officers early Tuesday thwarted
al-Shabab attack on a police camp in Liboi border town in
Garissa County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said about 20
heavily armed militants believed to have crossed from
neighboring Somalia attempted to raid an Administration Police
camp in Amey but were repulsed.
Chepchieng said the militants chose to ambush the police
officers at 2.00 a.m. local time but quick response from the
officers who have been on high alert kept them at bay.
"We have information that the militants have been planning to
attack the camp and other key installations along the border but
have been on high alert," Chepchieng told journalists in Garissa.
He denied reports that some of the officer were injured in
the heavy gun fire between them and the militants and were
missing noting that they have all been accounted for.
"I want to also state that no firearms were stolen and the
militants did not take away the police land cruiser as alleged,"
The government administrator said the militants partially
destroyed the Safaricom mast fairly weakening the mobile phone
communication in the area.
The militants usually destroy telecommunication mast to
disrupt communication in the area before they could inflict harm
on the local.
The militants have been targeting police patrols, camps and
the Safaricom mast in their attacks along the border in a bid to
disrupt police response to their attacks.