Two policemen injured in Mandera attack
09 August 2014, 16:45
Nairobi - Two police officers were injured on Friday night when
a police station was raided by a group of attackers, local police said
The two at the Fino police camp were left with bullets lodged in the
stomach and hand respectively. They were scheduled to be flown to
Nairobi for further treatment.
Fino, southwest of Mandera town and is a few kilometers to the border
with Somalia, has been the target of cross-border attacks by the
The station was surrounded by militants before they fired at them,
said Bernard Kosgey, one of the injured, on Saturday in hospital while
receiving treatment. According to him, they were using bazookas and
"We were on duty and saw a tipper lorry coming from the Mandera side
before the lights went off," said Kosgey with his left hand heavily
rubbed in a cotton sweater.
He said the militia first begun by shooting at the Fino
Administration Police Camp to keep them indoors before ascending onto
the police station.
"They were more than a hundred people attacking us because bullets
were coming from all the directions forcing us not to respond by firing
only to hide," said Kosgey.
The police called the Kenya Defence Force(KDF) on time but none
showed up, and after two hours Kenya Police Reservist (KPR) arrived for
reinforcement, he said.
Mandera Deputy Police Commander, Bosita Omukolong said no arrested
has been made. He said the station is badly damaged as the militia
launched explosives into the station burning the police tents.
The officers at station are housed in tents making it difficult to have a good cover in case of such a situation.
There have been intelligence reports indicating that either of the
police stations along the Kenya-Somali border within Mandera County is
to be attacked with newly established Omar Jillo KDF camp being the main
Last week, the local county officers were bombed by unknown people
who partially damaged parts of the building. No arrest has been made so
Despite the closure of the Kenya-Somalia border in 2011 by the Kenyan
government, Mandera town has experienced a number of attacks from the
Al-Shabaab militants with the police blaming it on the porous border and
poor equipping of the force.
The country has been subjected to successive explosives attacks by
Al-Shabaab operatives in the country following the onslaught by Kenyan
soldiers on the Al-Shabaab in Somalia after the militia staged a series
of attacks along the Kenyan coast.
Since the Kenya military incursion into Somalia, several attacks
believed to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in
Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even
as the military reports gains against the Islamist group by capturing
their military bases and killing scores of them.
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