ARMED MILITANTS

Man injured in Mandera attack during campaign

Five people were attacked while campaigning for a UDM candidate

In Summary
  • The victim was rushed to Banisa Hospital as police were called to pursue the attackers.
  • Northeastern police boss George Seda said they are investigating to establish if the attackers were from the terror group or if it was politically motivated.
Crime scene.
ARMED MILITANTS: Crime scene.
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A man was attacked and injured by gunmen believed to be al Shabaab militants during campaigns at Rhamu, Mandera county.

Residents had told police they had spotted the gunmen in Guticha while on the campaign trail for a UDM candidate before the attack on Sunday evening.

Survivors told police they were five in the car when they came under attack, leaving the 65-year-old man with serious wounds.

The victim was rushed to Banisa Hospital as police were called to pursue the attackers.

Northeastern police boss George Seda said they are investigating to establish whether the attackers were from the terror group or if it was politically motivated.

“You never know. It is possible they were from a terror group or it was political but we are investigating,” he said.

Residents believe the attackers were al Shabaab as they were seen roaming around days prior to the attack. The area is near the Kenya-Somalia border which is poorly manned.

Last month terrorists attacked two regions and destroyed communication masts after a long lull.

The lull was out of incessant security operations near the Kenya-Somalia border.

Terrorists have been targeting security installations in a series of incidents and destroying them.

This has affected the education sector forcing tens of teachers who are non-locals to flee.

Other professionals also escaped amid mounted security operations.

The border region has borne the brunt of repeated attacks from the militants who are at times aided by residents.

Somalia has not had a stable government after the fall of Siad Barre in 1991.

The targeted region is near the Somalia border and the militants usually cross at will and stage attacks before escaping back.

Al Shabaab terrorists have been attacking Mandera and Garissa counties after breaching security zones, leaving dozens of civilians and security officials dead and wounded.

The terrorists plant explosives on the routes used by security agencies and attack them.

More personnel have since been sent to the area and operations by the Border Patrol Unit heightened to tame the surge.

Kenyan troops are in Somalia to pursue and suppress the activities of the terror group.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha )

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