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Assistant chief injured in Mandera grenade attack

18 September 2014, 08:14

Mandera - An official was seriously wounded on Wednesday evening after unknown armed men hurled hand grenade at his house in Mandera town.

Muhamed Ibrahim, an assistant chief of township division, Mandera East district, was attacked by the assailants, who eyewitnesses said came on an unmarked vehicle, before hurling hand grenades at his house.

Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mwavinda said the attackers opened several round of fire at the government administrator who was at the time just arrived his house.

"The assistant chief is now admitted at Mandera district referral hospital with facial injuries. The unidentified armed people arrived at his house around 6.30 p.m. today and hurled hand grenade," Mwavinda said.

None of the other family members were hurt in the incident. The country police commander said the attackers fled after being confronted by security officers, who were on patrol along the area and responded to the sounds of the reigning gun shots and explosives.

Also read: Assistant chief shot by gangsters

Two years ago, a chief of the township was killed after unknown assailants accosted him on his way to his home and killed him after shooting him repeatedly from a close range.

Attackers suspected to be members of Al-Shabaab are known to have targeted government officials in previous similar attacks in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties that share border with the war- ravaged Somalia.

 - Xinhua

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