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Police foil Al-Shabaab attack in Mandera

04 August 2016, 07:24

Nairobi - Security forces on Wednesday repulsed Somali militants who had planned to raid a security camp in Mandera County along the Somalia border.

Deputy County Commissioner Eric Oronyi said the insurgents had targeted an Administration Police camp in Lafey region but the police moved swift and repulsed them.

"Our officers shot at the suspected Al-Shabaab raiders and managed to repulse them back to Somalia," Oronyi said.

The regional government official said the suspected Al-Shabaab raiders were working in cahoots with locals in gauging alertness of security agents.

"Al-Shabaab are working with a few locals in gauging area security preparedness in bid to future attacks.

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Oronyi said the raiders surrounded the police camp after which security officers engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

The Al-Shabaab have in the past five months attacked communication masts in bid to cut police from immediate response.

The Somali militants have been targeting military and police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in northeast region especially in Mandera and Garissa counties.

Kenya, currently engaged in the fight against the militia group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under, the Africa Union Peacekeeping Mission (AMISOM) has been registering impressive gains and extending humanitarian assistance to the local population.

- Xinhua


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