Kenya – Somalia – Unrest

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 5 Kenyan Police: Governor

Al-Shabaab Militants Kill 5 Kenyan Police: Governor
Mon Jun 20, 2016 13:37:02

Five Kenyan policemen were killed Monday when suspected radical Al-Shabaab fighters attacked their convoy in the far northeast of the country, the local governor said.

The police vehicle exploded into flames after it was hit by a suspected rocket-propelled grenade as it provided security for a bus near the remote Kenyan town of Elwak, on the border with southern Somalia.

“We condemn the attack by Al-Shabaab, five officers were killed,” Mandera governor Ali Roba said.

The killing is the latest in a long line of attacks in Kenya’s restive northeast.

Al-Shabaab, East Africa’s long-time Al-Qaeda branch, is headquartered in Somalia where it is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops, including Kenyan soldiers.

The Somali-led insurgents have staged repeated attacks in Kenya, including the killing of at least 67 people at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall in 2013 and the massacre of 148 people at a university in Garissa in April 2015, AFP reported.

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