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Al Shabaab kill 4 in cross-border attack on Wajir town

18 March 2015, 10:20

Isiolo - Al Shabaab militants killed at least four people during a raid on Wajir town near the border with Somalia, police said on Wednesday.

Hooded gunmen attacked a shop in the town, firing guns and setting off explosions, witnesses said late on Tuesday.

"They locked (people) inside the shop, set it on fire and left. Three died inside while one (died) while being ferried to hospital," said Mohamed Siyat, a county government official.

The Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the raid. The militants last week also killed several people when they attacked a convoy carrying Mandera Governor, Ali Roba, near the Mandera area bordering Somalia.

Also read: Governor Roba: Mandera County at mercy of militants

The northeastern region stretching from Wajir to the border town of Mandera has often been targeted by al Shabaab, which has vowed to punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia where they are fighting alongside other African peacekeepers.

Many residents and regional politicians have vented frustration with the government for failing to improve security in a crime-ridden region awash with bandits and gunmen.

Analysts say the long and porous border with Somalia has made the northeastern region a soft target for al Shabaab, who often retreat into Somalia after raids.

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