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One killed, 12 injured in Wajir explosions

02 December 2014, 08:16

Wajir - At least one person was killed and 12 others seriously injured when hand grenades were hurled inside two guest houses in Wajir town on Monday evening, a government official confirmed.

Wajir Deputy County Commissioner David Rotich said the three armed assailants stormed the local Administration Police (AP) Camp but were repulsed by the officers.

"The attackers' mission was to steal firearms from the police station," Rotich told Xinhua by telephone. He said the assailants swiftly vanished in darkness immediately after the attack.

"They immediately rushed to the AP camp where they opened fire thinking maybe the police officers will leave the camp and run away giving them an opportunity to steal the firearms. Fortunately our officers were alert," Rotich said.

The victims of the attack were rushed to the Wajir district hospital, three of them in serious conditions.

The incident comes barely two weeks after twin grenade attacks in the same town that left one person dead. Police are yet to make any arrest in relation to the earlier incident.

Also read: Five injured in Garissa grenade attack

Several civilians including policemen have been killed especially in the northern counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera which are near the border with Somalia since Kenya launched cross border incursion in southern Somalia in 2011.

Subsequent efforts to fight terrorism and neutralise Al-Shabaab threats have seen anti-terrorism police unit arrest dozens of other Kenyans on suspicion of being members of the Somali terror group.

It is such suspects, and dozens others, born and bred in Kenya and who are believed to be sympathisers of Al-Shabaab that the East African nation is grappling with in its fight against terrorism.

Police have said most of those who are being used to carry out terror attacks in Kenya are its own youth, who have been enlisted in the Somali-based extremist group. Most of them are from upcountry Kenya and are recent converts to Islam.

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