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Police under siege amid attacks against law enforcers

10 February 2014, 14:31 Victor Tinto

Mombasa - Police at the coast are getting increasingly worried about their safety after yet another policeman was attacked by thugs.

The latest incident took place in Kwale Monday morning when two assailants on a motorbike attacked a policeman and shot him in the neck before stealing his fire-arm.

It was the latest in a series of incidences that have caused panic within the police force which is now targeted by thugs for their firearms as well as a ploy to send a message.

It is understood that the attack was carried out by members of the al-Shabaab terror group or loyalists and that a man-hunt is on for them.

" We are chasing after them but it is indeed worrying that police are now a target for thieves and terrorists, Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli.

Attacks on policemen are common in countries which are targeted by extremists and police inspector general David Kimaiyo says that they are taking measures to curb the continued assault on officers.

" The attacks are cause for concern and we are increasingly urging officers to be extra vigilant while on duty, he added.

He however insisted that the latest case was simply a target on the firearm the policeman was carrying, adding that they were closing in on the lost firearm.

The attack follows an incident earlier in the year when a grenade was hurled at a police vehicle in the same area.

The latest case has raised tensions at the coast, already affected by attempts on the lives of several by the al-Shabaab and a continued lack of trust in security agencies.

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