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Armed attacks surge in northern border towns

09 April 2014, 19:03

Mandera - At least seven people have been killed and more than ten others injured in armed attacks last two weeks in northern Kenya.

The latest victims is a 70 year-old man who is fighting for his life at Mandera county referral hospital, after he was shot severally by unknown gun men on Tuesday night as he was heading his home from the mosque.

Mandera divisional police commander Jackson Rotich said on Wednesday the victim was accosted by three teenagers, who waylaid him some meters from his house near the Kenya and Somali border, before shooting him three times on the thigh and the stomach.

"The assailants who were boys of the ages between 14-17 years escaped through the Somali border shortly after carrying out the attacks," said Rotich.

International risk mitigation company, AKE, has warned of more attacks in the east African nation which borders Somalia.

Reid said recent attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa including northern parts of the country have also increased the risk of civil unrest between some of Kenya's communities.

- Xinhua


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