Officers killed in Shabaab AP camp raid

January 12, 2012 8:11 am


A map of Wajir town/ Google Maps
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 12 – At least five people, including three Administration Police officers were killed when suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a police camp in Wajir on Wednesday night.

Also killed was an Immigration officer and a civilian while two other people were wounded in the strike.

Police say up to 14 Administration Police officers are missing following the attack that occurred at occurred at Gerile division.

“Three officers, an immigration officer and a civilian were killed in the attack and others have been injured. We also have some who are missing,” a police officer told Capital News early Thursday.

The attack occurred at about midnight but police were yet to establish the exact number of arms stolen from them.

“They (attackers) first opened fire and also used an explosive device,” the officer added.

A police officer in Garissa told Capital News that North Eastern Provincial Police chief Leo Nyongesa was leading an aerial surveillance of the area as officers intensified a search for the missing officers.

There were fears the toll could rise because of the conflicting reports of the number of missing Administration Police officers who were at the camp at the time of the attack.

Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said “there was an attack in Wajir but we have not received the full details.”

The attack follows the most recent one that occurred on New Year’s Eve when a hand grenade was hurled at a club in Garissa, killing five people. Several others were wounded.

The attack targeted revelers who were ushering in the new year at a populous club in the town.

Regional police chief Leo Nyongesa blamed the notorious Al Shabaab attackers at the time.

Kenya has suffered a spate of attacks since Kenya sent its military to Somalia in mid October 2011 to fight Al Shabaab which it blames for a series of kidnappings and other attacks locally.

On Christmas Eve, a grenade explosion at a bar in Wajir, left six people wounded.

Garissa has been one of the worst hit by the violence. On November 24, two grenade attacks there killed three people and injured 27. On November 5 a grenade attack on a church in the town killed two people and injured four.


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