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November 18, 2018

Boy hit by stray bullet in Mandera al Shabaab attack dies in hospital

Osman Abdi, 15, is treated at Mandera County Referral Hospital, after being hit by a stray bullet during an attack  by al Shabaab on Arabia police post, February 2, 2017. /STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Osman Abdi, 15, is treated at Mandera County Referral Hospital, after being hit by a stray bullet during an attack by al Shabaab on Arabia police post, February 2, 2017. /STEPHEN ASTARIKO

The 15-year old boy who was injured by a stray bullet during a terror attack in Mandera has died.

Osman Abdi, was a class four pupil at Lafey Boarding School.

Abdi had been sleeping in a dormitory near Arabia police post when he was struck in the head. He died at Mandera County Referral Hospital at about 6pm on Thursday.

“The doctors who attended to him said internal bleeding made it impossible to save his life,” a relative said.

The boy was buried at Mandera cemetery.

Read: Fate of officers unknown after al Shabaab attack police post in Mandera

The government has said it will not close the AP camp following the ambush by al Shabaab militants. Al Shabaab staged an attack on the camp on August 3 last year but they were repulsed.

The 22-man camp was attacked by terrorists who numbered about 20. No officer was injured as police withdrew after a heavy exchange of fire.

During the raid, the militants made away with a police land cruiser, several firearms, 15 bullet proof jackets, BVR kits and a motorcycle that belonged to a teacher at the school.

Read: Al Shabaab steal BVR kits, guns, police car in Arabia police post raid

But Mandera county police commander Bernard Nyakwaka said the camp will not be closed. He  told the press on Friday that the incident was one of the "usual challenges of work".

“What we are doing is deploy more officers from the Rapid Deployment unit (RDU), regular and Administration Police units for patrols,” said Nyakwaka.

He added that strategies have been put in place to guard communication masts; the militants have destroyed five in less than three months.

Read: Al Shabaab ambush police cars, attack Mandera camp

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