Five police officers killed in Al Shabaab attack on two Mandera camps

A dated picture of Al-Shabaab militia: Five police officers their latest victims in Kenya. [Archives]
At least five police officers were killed in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack on two camps at Fino Ward in Lafey, Mandera County.

The  dead include four administration police officers and a reservist in the Friday dawn attack.

Police said the attackers also destroyed a communication mast in the area cutting communication.

North Eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh said the attackers targeted Administration and Kenya Police camps in the area.

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The attackers first trained their guns on a Safaricom mast in Lafey town  to disable communication, before storming the camps.

"Locals are reporting seeing five bodies but we are moving there for more,” he said.

Locals said a number of officers ran for their lives or are injured after the 1 am attack.

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Other police officers said the attackers may have planted explosives in the camps.

The area has been facing a series of attacks in the past two months that saw many communication masts destroyed.

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The latest attack happened last month when three teachers were killed in Wajir. This prompted mass transfer of non-local teachers that angered local politicians.

Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi visited Wajir on Tuesday to assure locals of government support against Al-shabaab attacks.

But a day later, the terrorists tried to attack two police camps on the area but were repulsed and three arrested.

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