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Al Shabaab claims responsibility for latest Mandera attack

16 March 2015, 15:30

Mandera - Somalia's Al Shabaab militants killed one man and wounded three others in a shooting in Mandera County, officials said Monday.

The latest cross-border attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda came two days after it ambushed the county's Governor Ali Roba's convoy.

"The assailants opened fire at a group of shoppers killing one man instantly, while at the same time critically injuring three others," said Mandera East's deputy county commissioner, Elvis Korir, of the attack on Sunday evening.

The gunmen driving in an estate car sprayed shoppers with gunfire before escaping towards the nearby border with Somalia.

A spokesman for the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on Radio Andalus, a pro-Shabaab broadcaster.

On Friday Shabaab said it was behind an ambush on Roba on Friday morning. The governor escaped unharmed but three people in his convoy were killed, according to the Kenya Red Cross.

Also read: One killed, three injured in suspected Al Shabaab attack

Roba's convoy was previously ambushed in October 2014.

Mandera borders Somalia and is plagued by insecurity. The area has been the scene of a string of recent Shabaab attacks.

In November, Shabaab gunmen held up a bus outside Mandera town on the same stretch of road as Friday's ambush. The militants separated passengers according to religion and executed 28 non-Muslims.

Ten days later 36 non-Muslim quarry workers were also massacred.

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