NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) –Heavily armed Al-Shabaab fighters stormed Police outposts in Kenya’s Wajir County early on Saturday, local officials have confirmed.
In the pre-dawn attack, militants launched motors, rocket-launchers and heavy gunfire at two Police outposts in Khorof Harar in the east of Kenya’s Wajir County.
One resident who saw the attack begin near his home has told Somaliguardian that militants shouting “Allahu Akbar” launched the attack under the cover of darkness, forcing officers to flee to the bush, leaving behind weapons and ammunitions.
He adds that Al-Shabaab fighters were seen inside the village after daybreak, patrolling across the small village of Khorof Harar.
Casualties on the attacked Kenyan Police officers is yet unknown, but the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab says it was behind the attack and inflicted heavy losses upon troops.
The militants also destroyed a telecommunication mast belonging to SAFARICOM. According to local Police officials a hunt for the attackers was underway, however, residents reported otherwise, stressing that militants were in control of the area for multiple hours before voluntarily withdrawing.
Al-Shabaab has long been waging war against the Kenyan government since 2011 when KDF joined the fighting against the group in Somalia. Since then, the Islamists have played havoc Kenyan economy and security, frequently carrying a spate of attacks in restive North Eastern, Lamu and Coast regions.