NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said on Saturday that it foiled an
al-Shabab attack killed three militants in Garissa, a northeast
county that borders Somalia.
Kenya Police Spokesman
Charles Owino confirmed that Somali Islamists attacked a police
border patrol unit camp in Yumbis, Garissa County, on Friday
"Our officers effectively engaged them and with quick
reinforcement from special forces, the attackers were repulsed,"
Owino said in a statement issued in Nairobi, adding that all
police officers are safe.
"A combined team of our security agencies is now on the
ground pursuing the assailants," he said.
Security agencies remain on high alert to suppress and
counter the al-Qaida-allied terrorist group’s heightened
activity along the border with Somalia, Owino said.
Local residents said the attackers also destroyed a
telecommunication mast belonging to mobile service provider
They said the militants were sighted near the village earlier
Residents said the security forces engaged the attackers,
resulting in heavy exchange of fire.
A local police officer, who demanded anonymity, said no
civilians were hurt in the incident, but a Safaricom mast was
hit, cutting communication in Yumbis and its environs.
The latest attack came just a week after seven police
officers were killed by an improvised explosive device in
neighboring Wajir County.
Al-Shabab militants storm
Kenyan police base in border region
GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Al-Shabab militants early Saturday stormed a
police camp in Kenya’s border region with Somalia and escaped
with looted firearms and ammunition.
Regional government officials and residents confirmed the
incident at the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) police post in
Yumbis, Garissa County, northeast Kenya, saying the attackers
also destroyed a telecoms mast, completely cutting off
communication in the area.
Garissa County Commissioner Meru Mwangi confirmed the
incident but did not divulge more details on the attack.
According to residents, the militants struck at around
midnight, shooting indiscriminately.
"They looked very well organized and seemed to understand the
area very well," said a local who did not want to be identified.
"While some were busy shooting in the air, others were busy
destroying the mast as others torched the police camp.
"In was total pandemonium that lasted close to 30 minutes."
Militants usually destroy telecommunication mast to disrupt
police response and communication in the area before they could
inflict harm on locals.
The police camp had about 20 officers, and a senior police
officer confirmed that all of them were accounted for.
The incident came just a week after seven police officers
died in an improvised explosive device attack in neighboring
The last three weeks have seen heightened activities by al-Shabab
militants in northeast Kenya.
The militants attacked border towns before escaping back to