Mandera al Shabaab attack victim speaks of horrific killings

Police officers stand by dead bodies after an attack by Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab in Mandera, Kenya, October 6, 2016. /REUTERS
Police officers stand by dead bodies after an attack by Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab in Mandera, Kenya, October 6, 2016. /REUTERS

Al Shabaab terrorists chopped off the heads of the six people they killed in an attack in Mandera

on Thursday, a resident has said.

The teacher who lives near the attacked residential plot

at Bulla public works

said it was

traumatising to watch.

"The non-locals were gunned down mercilessly and their heads chopped off

and smashed by grenades," he told the Star.

"I do not know how to say it better. I am psychologically bullied."

The terrorists raided the plot with about 33 non-locals at about 2am, as they slept.

Kenya Red Cross workers stand near dead bodies after an attack by Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab in Mandera, Kenya, October 6, 2016. REUTERS

Al Shabaab

confirmed it carried out the attack near the border with Somalia.

"We are behind the Mandera attack in which we killed six Christians," military operations spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Musab

told Reuters.

He added they also hit a police vehicle using a roadside bomb.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba condemned the incident in a post on Twitter.

"We have suffered another sad attack," Roba wrote, adding six people had been confirmed killed.

"If not for the quick response by our security forces we would be talking of many more casualties," he said.

"From the nature and style of the attack, it would obviously be al Shabaab."

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Police officers in Mandera following an ambush by al Shabaab militants at a residential plot at Bulla public works, October 5, 2016. /COURTESY