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Two policemen killed in 'al-Shabaab' attack on Kwale church

by Chris Mgidu and Joy Nabukewa KWALE (Xinhua) -- Suspected Al-Shabaab militants shot dead two Kenyan police officers after raiding a church in the coastal Kwale region on Sunday, police said.

Coast regional police commander Lorry Kieng said the gunmen riding on motorbike attacked Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) before escaping with two rifles belonging to the slain officers who were guarding worshippers in Ukunda.

Kieng said one police officer was shot dead on the spot while another succumbed to injuries after being rushed to hospital, noting that the motive behind the attack has been not been established.

"The two police officers were guarding the church when they were confronted," said Kieng.

Residents said the gunmen were Al-Shabaab members who had returned to the country from Somalia.

"Our officers have launched investigations to establish the motive of the gunmen.

"We can not rule out terrorism, the attack is not a normal robbery.

"Their intention was to steal the guns to plan other attacks," Kieng said.

Several areas in the northeastern Kenya including coastal regions that borders Somalia have been the target of Al-Shabaab terrorists who kill innocent citizens, as well as security officers and other government officials, using either gunfire or grenades.

The regions are also prone to attacks in which police officers including civilians have lost their lives or sustained injuries when patrol cars ran over landmines or into grenade attacks.



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