Two policemen still missing after Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked Hamey police post
Police headquarters said the post had a total of 14 officers and 12 had been accounted for. Media outlets in Somalia said the weapons, uniforms and police car were displayed in Jilib Town in Somalia a day after the attack.
SEE ALSO :Car bomb kills 61 people in MogadishuAn officer involved in the search of the missing colleagues said they had received unconfirmed reports the two are dead. "We are informed the bodies were also displayed in Jilib but we are using elders to know more," said an officer who asked not to be named. Four police officers who were seriously injured were airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment by a chopper.
Witnesses said the gunmen were heavily armed and took almost three hours to accomplish their mission before driving off. More officers were deployed to the area to carry out air and ground surveillance as the hunt on the gunmen went on in vain. They had crossed into Somalia.
National police spokesman George Kinoti said the attack happened at about midnight. "Over 50 terrorists attacked the Police patrol Base in two Land Cruisers but the officers in the camp managed to repulse them amid fierce exchange of fire," he said.
Kinoti praised the officers for the fight they put to contain the gang.
More officers were sent to the area to pursue the gunmen but no recovery was made. There has been a lull in the area in the past months due to various security measures. It is not the first time that such an attack happens on a police station in Kenya. Terrorists usually cross from Somalia and attack targeted stations stealing weapons and bullets to replenish their armory for fighting in their country. There has also been few recoveries after the attacks.
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