Police officers injured, vehicles burnt as Al-shabaab continues sneaking into the country


By Hamza Yare

Al-Shabaab militants in this file photo

Up to eight police officers sustained injuries after their vehicle hit a landmine at a village in Yumbis, Fafi Sub-county in Garissa.

Four police vehicles were also burnt in the Monday afternoon incident.

The officers were heading to the town which was in the headlines a few days earlier after the militants invaded the area.

Confirming the incident to the local media, Jarajila ward representative Mr. Mahat Osman said that the surviving officers managed to reach Yumbis town.

Fafi Sub-County Commissioner Geoffrey Taragon also confirmed that the injured officers were out of danger as they were treated at Amuma dispensary and discharged

When the militants attacked the town last week, they took over a mosque where they preached to the locals for hours before retreating.

They also read out a list of people they accused of spying for the Kenyan government.

In the same week, Kenyan forces said they thwarted a planned attack by the militia on a village in Fafi near the border with Somalia.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said in a tweet that the militants were repulsed after members of the public reported their presence.

He added that they were looking for food and water.

The persistent attacks and presence of the militants in the rural towns of Garissa county comes at a time when the government has extended a curfew imposed in the region following the April 2 deadly attack on Garissa University College.

147 people died in the attack most of them students.




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