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Two killed, 4 injured by gunmen in Wajir

19 December 2013, 14:08

Wajir - Two people were killed and four others seriously injured by an unknown group of gunmen in Wajir town on Wednesday night.

Regional Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Commander Musa Yego said Thursday the attack occurred at 8:30 p.m. local time as the deceased were seated outside a shop in town.

"We want to believe that this is a mere crime and not related in any way to the Al-Shabaab terror group," Yego said in Garissa on Thursday.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants stopped a few meters from where the people were seated and opened fire on them.

"All I remember is seeing a group of hooded men approach where we were, they then started shooting at us forcing us to lie down. We could not see them since they took advantage of blackout in the town," said one of the injured identified only as Dominic.

Yego said they could not immediately establish the motive of the attack, refusing to link it to the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group.

He said police were exploring all angles of what might be the reason behind the wave of attacks in the once secure town including business rivalry.

"We are getting reports that this attack might be related to business rivalry but we will conduct thorough investigations and get to the bottom of the matter," added Yego.

The attack was the latest since grenade attacks hit Wajir on Friday night, when one person was left dead and several others seriously injured.

Yego said security has been heightened along the porous border with Somalia with security agencies at an unprecedented state of alert.

Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in October 2011, Al-Shabaab has launched a series of attacks in retaliation.

- Xinhua

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