GARISSA, Kenya, (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.
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
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
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 Kenya.
Kenyan police foil al-Shabab
attack in border region
GARISSA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security officers early Tuesday thwarted
al-Shabab attack on a police camp in Liboi border town in
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
Chepchieng said the
militants chose to ambush the police officers at 2 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.
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.