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One killed, three injured in suspected Al Shabaab attack

16 March 2015, 08:21

Mandera - Gunmen from the al-Shabaab were suspected in an attack that killed one person and severely wounded three others on Sunday in Mandera County, which borders Somalia and has experienced a string of attacks in recent months, a police official said.

The official, who insisted on anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak with the media, said the victims were believed to be non-Muslims. The attack comes two days after gunmen attacked the convoy of the county's Governor Ali Roba, killing four people including two policemen. Roba survived the attack.

Adan Duale, Parliament's Majority Leader, was quoted on the BBC Somali Service on Saturday telling al-Shabaab to leave Kenya alone.

"If you wish to, we shall send you elders, religious leaders and politicians. We shall come, tell us your whereabouts. Leave Kenya alone," Duale said in a statement that many in Kenya interpreted as a call for negotiations with al-Shabaab. But Duale said Sunday on his Twitter account that Kenya will never negotiate with "terrorists."

Also read: Duale: We are ready for dialogue with Al Shabaab

Al-Shabaab, based in Somalia, has vowed to inflict violent attacks on Kenya because it has contributed troops to the African Union force supporting the Western-backed government in Somalia. Kenya has experienced a string of attacks since it sent troops into Somalia in October 2011. Police said last month that 312 people have been killed in extremist attacks since 2012.

In October, Roba's convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device as he was being driven to work, injuring one of his guards.

In November, al-Shabaab fighters hijacked a bus near Mandera, singled out non-Muslims and non-Somalis, and shot dead 28 passengers. Twenty-two of those killed were teachers. Ten days later, al-Shabaab massacred 36 quarry workers who were non-Muslims.

Hundreds of teachers in parts of northern Kenya that border Somalia have refused to return to work, fearing attacks despite government reassurance of increased security.

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- AP


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