Policemen wounded in Liboi gun attack

November 23, 2011 3:19 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 23 – Two police officers were wounded in Liboi on Tuesday night when gunmen believed to be Al Shabaab sympathisers opened fire at them, the latest in a string of attacks targeting security forces in Northern Kenya.

Those wounded were airlifted to Nairobi on Wednesday afternoon and are admitted at a city hospital.

“The two were shot and seriously wounded. They have been taken to Nairobi,” a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity said.

He said the incident occurred in Abdi-Sugo which is within Liboi, a border town at the Kenya-Somalia border.

“They were returning back to their camp when they were attacked,” the officer said and reffered us to Police headquarters in Nairobi for further information.

Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe was not immediately available for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered.

A manhunt for the gunmen was underway but police said no suspect had been arrested.

Since Kenya sent its troops to pursue Al Shabaab militants in Somalia, security agents have suffered numerous attacks including landmines and grenades in Mandera and parts of Dadaab refugee camp.

Last week, two refugees were arrested following an attack at a police car which left two guards wounded.
The November 16 incident occurred at Dadaab refugee camp.

The Police Spokesman said at the time that the two were arrested soon after the explosion which occurred on the Dadaab-Hagadera road.

The wounded guards were among police officers in a convoy escorting aid workers from the refugee camp when the police vehicle was hit.

Earlier this month, a UN convoy was forced to cancel a trip after police discovered a landmine on the side of the same road where the incident occurred.


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