Kenya: 5 policemen killed in suspected Al-Shabaab attack


Five Kenyan policemen have been killed in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack, a government official confirmed this week.

The police officers were travelling in the northeast county of Mandera near the border with Somalia late on Tuesday when their vehicle was attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants. The terrorist organisation is yet to claim responsibility for the incident.

Five officers killed in attack

North Eastern regional coordinator, Mohamud Saleh, confirmed the news on Wednesday that five officers had been killed the previous night. Daniel Bundotich, the deputy county commissioner for Mandera South, said those killed included three police reservists, local civilians who usually assist the police and are assigned uniforms and arms.

“We lost five security officers in the attack while on patrol on Elwak-Kotulo road. A team responding to the attack was also attacked and their lorry burnt,” he told local media.

Dozens of security officers in Kenya have been killed by Al-Shabaab militants in recent months across the remote stretches of land along the border with Somalia, where the terrorist group originates from.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.