By Suleiman Hassan.
Up to twenty eight people were this morning killed in cold blood after a bus they were traveling in was ambushed by suspected Al-Shabaab militia in Mandera.
The attack on the Nairobi bound bus was carried out at around 5am local time this morning 15 kilometers from Arabia town in an area that has now become famous for such attacks.
Confirming the incident, Mandera East sub-county commissioner Elvis Korir said “I can confirm to you that there was unfortunate incident this morning where about 27 innocent travelers were killed by unknown militia”,
Mr. Korir said that they received reports that the attackers separated people along religious lines before they started killing those perceived to be non-muslims.
He however added that they are treating this as speculation until security personnel on the ground conclude their investigations.
This fear could be confirmed by the fact that at this time of the year, many civil servants travel up country for the school and Christmas holidays.
Member of County Assembly for Arabia Ward Mr. Abdullahi Abdirahman told the press that it was unfortunate that Al-Shabaab continue to attack at will.
“More than fifteen attacks happened in this area. Our plea to the Government to set up permanent military base in this area has fallen on deaf ears” he said.
The attacks come two days after security agencies carried out raids on mosques in Mombasa where they allegedly recovered weapons and training materials and subsequently closed down up to four mosques.
On Wednesday night, two people were seriously injured in Wajir town after they were shot at close range by suspected members of Al-Shabaab. A grenade was also hurled at Wajir power station but caused no damage.
Kenya suffered numerous Al-Shabaab attacks since KDF’s incursion into Somalia with the North Eastern Counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera bearing the largest brunt.