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One Al-Shabaab and NPR killed in clash with Kenyan security agencies in Fino, Mandera

By Cyrus Ombati | June 5th 2019

A police reservist was killed and another injured in a clash between security officers and Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera.

North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik said they recovered a rifle and bullets from one militant who was shot dead during the multi-agency operation.

“We believe many others escaped with bullet wounds and an operation is underway. They had bad intentions against innocent Kenyans,” said Mr Birik.

The terrorists had crossed from Somalia and set up camp at Dawaduba, Fino, which is situated six kilometers away from the main Kenya-Somalia border.

The area has faced a series of attacks from militants who destroy communication masts.

Police were alerted about the presence of the terrorists and moved in to confront them. Fierce fighting ensued and continued late into Monday night.

Sources said there was a possibility that the number of casualties could rise. The attack also raised fears that the terrorists could be planning another attack at the end of Ramadhan.

Birik said they were determined to pacify the area and end the Al-Shabaab menace.

There has been heightened security in the region after two Cuban doctors were abducted by gunmen who killed the medics’ security guard.

The abductors have reportedly demanded a ransom for the doctors’ release.

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