Kenya beefs up border security after the killing of 5 police officers
January 26, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Kenyan authorities have increased the security along Somali border after Al-Shabaab militants killed five police officers. Three police reservists and two Administration Police officers who were on patrol along Elwak-Kotulo road lost their lives. The attackers also burnt a police lorry during the ambush.
“We lost five security officers in the attack while on patrol on Elwak-Kotulo road. A team responding to the attack was also attacked and their lorry burnt.” Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich told local media.
The second contingent of paramilitary personnel that was responding to the first attack was also ambushed. The attackers escaped the scene soon after the incident.
The attack comes less than a week after the militants attacked and burnt two police stations in Garissa County in northern Kenya.
In previous years, the Somali-based al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab stepped up terror attacks in Kenya in retaliation for Kenya’s military presence in Somalia.
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