Africa All 59 officers accounted for after Shabaab attack: Kenya

All 59 officers accounted for after Shabaab attack: Kenya

 GARISSA-POLICE1(AA) – Kenyan police on Wednesday announced that all 59 police and army officers who had been caught up in an earlier ambush by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group in northeastern Kenya’s Garissa County had since been accounted for.

“There have been no deaths reported from yesterday’s attack; all the police officers who were involved have been accounted for,” Kenyan police spokesman George Maingi Kinoti told Anadolu Agency.

“We had sent 59 officers [from the Kenya Defense Forces and the National Police] to patrol the area after a landmine blew up one of our vehicles, injuring three officers. [Also] five vehicles were burnt by the militants, but we have no deaths whatsoever,” he insisted.

Al-Shabaab militants on Tuesday crossed into Kenya, where they carried out a brazen attack on a convoy of Kenyan forces in Garissa.

The militants ambushed a convoy of police officers and military personnel who had been patrolling the border town located between Kenya and Somalia.

The group had claimed, via a pro-Shabaab Somali radio station, that it had killed 20 Kenyan army and police officers in the attack.

On Monday, the Kenya Defense Forces killed seven Al-Shabaab militants inside Somalia.

The reported ambush of the Kenyan officers came only days after Al-Shabaab attacked a village in the town of Garissa – over which they hoisted the group’s flag – before pulling out hours later.

Last month, at least 148 people – mostly students – were killed in an attack by the Al-Qaeda-linked group on the campus of Garissa University College.

The group has vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya as long as the East African country maintains a military presence in Somalia.

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