Five Kenyan police officers killed in Al Shabaab attack in Mandera – Governor

At least five Kenyan police officers have been killed, four others wounded after Al Shabaab attack on their vehicle in Dimu near Mandera town in northeastern Kenya on Monday, a governor said.

The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab fighters based in Somalia have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they hit a police vehicle has been hit with a rocket-propelled grenade near Kotulo near Mandera town near Kenya-Somali border.

In a Twitter post, Mandera County Governor Ali Roba has confirmed the attack and the deaths of the five police officers in the Al Shabaab assault.

Mr Roba has strongly condemned the attack, saying that residents had warned of a possible Al Shabaab attack in Mandera county, but nothing was done about it by the security agencies.

Reports say a police officer is missing and is being looked for.

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Omar Nor

A senior reporter in-the-field covering the vast East Africa region, focusing on  political issues including scenarios of conflict. Follow Omar on Twitter at @Omaar_nor