BY EUGENE OKUMU
Two teachers in Mandera were Friday evening kidnapped by suspected al Shabaab militia from Mandera county.
In the 4pm incident, police say the militia raided the house of the two teachers and bundled them into a vehicle before driving off to Somalia.
The Mandera County Commissioner confirmed the incident by said the identities of the two teachers are as yet unknown.
The incident comes a day after the militia took hostage the chief of Arabia in Mandera Muktar Maalim Ibrahim who they later killed.
The clan elders of the chief allegedly trailled Ibrahim’s abductors and pleaded for his release.
The militia reportedly demanded Sh4 million ransom, but the elders were unable to raise the amount. It was then that Ibrahim was tied to a tree and shot eight times.
Ibrahim was in a public service vehicle from Elwak to Mandera town when the vehicle he and his assistant chief was stopped by the militia.
The abduction of the teachers adds to the challenge of education institutions in the area having less teachers following a November 2014 raid by the militia killing 28 teachers.
Leaders from Mandera, Garissa and Wajir counties earlier in April issued a statement saying they would expose al Shabaab recruits, commanders financiers and sympathisers within a month.
Led by Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale, the leaders said they will also use local structures to gather intelligence on terror cells operating in the counties.
It is believed the militia chose to eliminate Ibrahim because they viewed him as a stumbling block to their mission to carry out more attacks in the country.
The al Shabaab militia promised to turn Kenya’s cities into ‘rivers of blood’ over the presence of Kenya Defence forces as part of the AMISOM forces in Somalia in 2012.
Since then several attacks have been conducted in various regions in the country the most recent and deadliest being the killing of 147 people at Garissa University College on April 2.