Suspected militants of the Somali extremist group al-Shabab on Wednesday ambushed security officers in northeast Kenya, local authorities said.
A team of police officers were en route to Mandera county when they came under al-Shabab attack, just a few kilometers from where a commuter bus was attacked recently. Three people died in the bus attack.
“Al-Shabab shot at the vehicle, deflating the tires. However, the police officers responded with heavy gunfire,” the police said in a report.
Nobody was injured in the ambush, and the militants later retreated into the dense thicket along the main road, the report said.
However, al-Shabab claimed its fighters carried out a grenade attack on the security officers and caused casualties.
Kenya’s northeastern region has borne the brunt of al-Shabab attacks since 2011, when Kenya sent its troops to Somalia to fight the extremist group. Many were killed or injured in the attacks.
The Kenyan government says the deployment of its troops in the southern regions of Somalia has helped to prevent the movement of explosives, counterfeit electronics and contraband sugar smuggling across the border. Enditem