NAIROBI, Kenya — Two Kenyan police officers are missing after suspected Al Shabaab militants from Somalia attacked a Liboi police post near the Kenyan border in Garissa County.
The attack took place on Wednesday night and left five police officers wounded. One was airlifted to Kenya’s capital Nairobi for specialist treatment after suffering gunshot wounds.
According to eye witnesses over 50 militants took part in the raid and they stole weapons, a Land Cruiser and police uniforms all belonging to the Kenyan Police force.
Kenya’s Police spokesman George Kinoti said: “The attackers retreated and later returned in a bigger number in a lorry and fired 3 bombs into the camp destroying some tents thus forcing our officers to withdraw for cover.”
He noted that two officers remain missing following the attack and one is undergoing specialist treatment in Nairobi for gunshot wounds. Officers who sustained minor injuries were taken to the Dadaab hospital near the Dadaab refugee camp.
The hunt for the gunmen is ongoing and a contingent of police officers have been deployed to the area to carry out air and ground surveillance.
The attack comes just two weeks after three women attacked the Mombasa Central Police Station and were shot dead by officers on-site.
Al Shabaab have repeatedly attacked Kenya, saying it is in retaliation for Kenyan troops entering Somalia in 2011 in a bid to secure the border between the two nations.
The Kenyan government announced in 2014 that it plans to construct a near 435-mile-long (700km) wall along its northeastern border to stem the flow of Al Shabaab militants from Somalia.
“This wall will help us prevent people like Al Shabaab from crossing to and from Somalia. We will not limit movement of other people. There is a need for joint cooperation between both countries and our leaders in dealing with terrorism, which has affected us negatively,” Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said in 2014.
(Reporting by Richard Mbaya; Editing by Wenzel Frick & Steve Shaw)