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Kenya police hunt for al-Shabab militants after Garissa camp raid

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.

Northeastern regional 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 base.

"Police officers engaged them with a heavy fire fight and got overwhelmed.

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 rations.

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 northeast Kenya.

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," Chepchieng said.

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.



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