(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
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
Three others were injured in the
explosion that badly damaged the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)
that was racing on the road.
Security personnel in the area said
the Improvised Explosive Device had been set up by Al-Shabaab
militants who are roaming there.
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
“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 purposes.
The Al-Shabaab have in the recent past
attacked communication masts in bid to cut police from immediate
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 counties.
A number of security personnel have
died as a result of the attacks some that include IEDs placed on
roadsides by Al-Shabaab militants.