Somalia, Kenya Border Guards Exchange Gunfire amid Escalating Tensions

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia and Kenya’s border guards exchanged gunfire on Monday, leaving two Kenyan police officers wounded as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer.

Kenyan media reported that Somali army members shot two Kenyan police officers at the border between the two countries.

The two were among a team of eight officers under the multi-agency team consisting of CIPU, KPS and KRA.

The officers were interrogating two Somali women who had been intercepted while trying to cross over to Kenya’s Mandera town from Balad-hawo on the other side of the border at the time Somali troops opened fire.

The two officers sustaining injuries from the attack are currently being treated at a hospital in Mandera, local media reports.

Senior Kenyan security officials visited the scene and cautioned Kenyan officers against launching a retaliation attack.

Somalia has not immediately commented on the assault which comes a week after it accused Kenyan defense forces of leading an offensive on Somali military bases in the town of Balad-hawo.

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