By Abdiweli Aden
North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh has lauded the swift response by security agencies that minimized the number of casualties in the early Morning Thursday raid by Al Shabaab militants on a building that housed mainly non-locals.
Speaking in his office to the press, Saleh said security officers are on high alert across the region and together with the help of members of the public, have been able to contain insecurity the past one year.
“Our selfless officers rushed to the scene and managed to scare away the terrorists, we are working with the Beled Hawa administration to ensure the assailants were brought to book” he said.
The coordinator warned social media users against posting unverified information saying it amounted to aiding the terrorists in spreading propaganda.
“Our offices are open to provide you with any information, we are here to tell you how and what happened, please refrain from posting hearsay” said the tough talking administrator.
Upto six people lost their lives in the attack while three others sustained injuries. 27 people were rescued.
The assailants also destroyed a local Safaricom dealer shop that provides customer care services to the local people.
Mandera County commissioner Fred Shisia told the media the attacks were well coordinated.
Al Shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the attack.
Survivors of the attack lauded the bravery of four police reservists who first confronted the attackers estimated to be more than 20.
“Had those officers not engaged the assailants, they would have continued butchering us, the government must reward these selfless officers” Sadiq Sharif, a survivor told Nep Journal from his hospital bed.
Sadiq said he scaled the ceiling with another survivor but fell down on impact of the twin blast instigated by the attackers to open up gates and closed doors of the attacked building.
Mandera town has enjoyed relative peace since the Somalia based terror group killed 38 quarry workers on December 2, 2015.