Alshabaab fighters kill 10 Kenyan police officers near Somali border

A roadside landmine placed by Jihadist group Alshabaab has killed at least 10 Kenyan policemen on Saturday near the Somali border, authorities said.

The soldiers died when their vehicle hit the roadside bomb which destroyed both the battle wagon and its occupants.

 “Unfortunately we lost some officers and the vehicle they were travelling in has been annihilated,” said the Kenyan chief of police, Hilary Mutyambai, without giving an exact number of fatalities.

Another police source who asked not to be named, said there were “about 10 officers” killed and the device was suspected to have been placed by the jihadist group al-Shabaab group.

The attack took place in the eastern Kenyan county of Garissa, bordering Somalia, which is regularly the scene of al-Shabaab attacks.

On 15 June at least eight police were killed in similar circumstances in the county of Wajir, to the north of Garissa.

The use of homemade weapons against police and army patrols in the northern and eastern border regions is relatively common. Al-Shabaab, an affiliate of al-Qaida, has been fighting for more than a decade to overthrow the weak Somali government in Mogadishu.

More than twenty thousand foreign troops are currently in Somali to help the Somali government survive from the attacks of the powerful jihadists fighting for the restoration of the Islamic law in the country.

Agence France – Presse   Sun, 13. 10. 2019

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