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Al Shabaab claims responsibility for Yumbis attack

26 May 2015, 09:52

Nairobi - Al Shabaab gunmen killed around 25 policemen on Monday, ambushing some officers in a village in Garissa after others died when their vehicle hit a landmine planted by the militants, their military spokesman said.

The group also burnt five vehicles in the two incidents, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

"We took all their weapons. There were some Kenyan forces that escaped in the course of the ambush fighting," he said.

Some 20 police died in the ambush, which occurred in Monday evening in Yumbis village, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, the Standard and Daily Nation newspapers said.

Also read: KDF soldiers kill 7 Al-Shabaab fighters in southern Somalia

Last week, al Shabaab attacked Yumbis and hoisted their flag on a mosque where they held prayers before heading to another nearby village.

Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi confirmed there had been an attack in Yumbis. Other government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Al Shabaab, which has carried out several attacks in Kenya in recent years to try to force Nairobi to withdraw its troops from Somalia, attacked a university in the same area last month and killed 148 people.

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