NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has killed at least 3 police officers and wounded several others in an attack in Kenya’s Mandera County, local security officials have said on Saturday.
The casualties have come after a patrol car transporting police officers on the outskirts of the town Mandera close to Somalia’s border struck a roadside bomb. A brief exchange of gunfire between Al-Shabaab militants and the officers followed the explosion.
The wounded security personnel, including some sustaining severe injuries, have been airlifted to Nairobi for medical treatment
The Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group Al-Shabaab, which often carries out attacks in Kenya, has not immediately claimed responsibility for this assault.
Kenyan security officials have told local media that they were pursuing the militants, who had returned to their hideouts immediately after the attack.
It comes after Islamist militants carried out an attack on Kenyan defense forces in Lamu County last week that caused casualties, triggering efforts by the government of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta to beef up security in the region, which is prone to raids by the armed group.
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