Kenyan police kill two Al Shabaab suspects in border region
13 May 2015, 21:43
Garissa - Kenyan police have killed
two Al-Shabaab suspects who had attacked a police camp in Hamey, Garissa County
near the Kenya-Somalia border on Tuesday night.
Garissa divisional police commander Raphael Kimilu said
about 15 gunmen engaged the police in a fierce gun battle that lasted for hours
in Hamey patrol base in Dadaab district at around 11 p.m. local time, and one
police officer was killed during the battle.
"The gunmen were however repulsed after the attack. The
officers there managed to kill two of the attackers but they had also killed an
officer," he said.
Hamey is in Garissa County and is on the border of Kenya and
Kimilu said his officers responded immediately after the
attack where they engaged the insurgents in a gun fight that saw two of them
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It's believed that the militants' sole mission was to kill
the officers and then proceed to steal the firearms. The militants managed to
run for almost ten kilometers away with the body where they abandoned it,
Kimilu said they have managed to recover the bodies of the
attackers who were killed by security officers while at the same mobilizing all
other security agencies to pursue the others who are suspected to have fled to
the neighboring war-torn Somalia.
In May 2013, two teachers and several police officers lost
their lives after the militants from Somalia attacked the area.
Since the Garissa terror attack, the police have intensified
border patrols and have been rounding up several suspects who are being grilled
in various police stations over possible links to Al- Shabaab and the Garissa
massacre on April 2.
The Al-Shabaab terror group, which has links to Al-Qaida
network, claimed responsibility for the attack which mainly targeted
Kenyan authorities have also blamed the militants for being
behind spates of kidnapping of expatriates working in the sprawling refugee
camps in the incursion-prone northern region and tourists in the coastal
archipelago towns of Mombasa and Lamu.