MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan authorities said Wednesday security forces
are pursuing suspected Al-Shabaab militants who destroyed a
telecommunication mast belonging to mobile operator Safaricom in
Mandera South Deputy County
Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said national police reservists
exchanged fire with the militants before they escaped on foot to
He said a security operation is underway to pursue the
attacks who had crossed from Somalia to carry out attacks on the
"A contingent of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and police are
pursuing the attackers, we will hunt them down using any means,"
the government official said.
"The police reservists were overpowered by the attackers as
they engaged in gunfight but none was injured during the 1:30
a.m. attack at Dabacity area.
"No arrest has been made but the search is on," Bundotich
He said a loud explosion was heard and police reservists
guarding the mast reported an attack at Dabacity by the
militants but none of the police reservists was injured in the
Bundotich said the motive of the attack was to paralyze
communication in the area to prevent quick response from
"We are aware the terrorists want to cut communication on our
security forces as they plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
on the road unmarked," he said.
The area is along the Mandera-Nairobi road used by public and
security vehicles where the militants have planted IEDs in the
past targeting security vehicles.
The latest incident comes two days after a KDF armored
personnel carrier (APC) was attacked in neighboring Damasa in
Lafey sub county where two officers succumbed to the IED attack.
communication mast in Kenya’s border region
MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Suspected Al-Shabaab militants destroyed a communication mast in
Dabacity area in Mandera county of northeast Kenya on Tuesday
night, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Regional government official Mohamud Saleh said the militants
were however repulsed and escaped towards to Somalia border.
He said no one was injured during the attack.
Saleh downplayed the attack, saying the militants had
attempted to attack the communication mast to cut
telecommunication services in the area before they could carry
out terror attack in the restive region.
The attack comes two days after the militants killed two
military personnel in an improvised explosive device (IED)
attack in Damasa area.
The terrorists also engaged the military personnel in a
shootout before escaping.
Three others were injured in the explosion that badly damaged
the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that was racing on the
Security personnel in the area said the Improvised Explosive
Device had been set up by Al-Shabaab militants who are roaming
Residents said the Tuesday’s night attack led to a fierce
gunfight that lasted several hours. Saleh said the attackers
were in three groups when they launched the attack.
"Those who attacked the telecommunication mast were repulsed
by security officers manning the facility," he said.
The mast had just been upgraded to 3G for the election
The Al-Shabaab have in the recent past attacked communication
masts in bid to cut police from immediate response.
The Somali militants have been targeting military and police
vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on
the road in northeast region especially in Mandera and Garissa
A number of security personnel have died as a result of the
attacks some that include IEDs placed on roadsides by Al-Shabaab