Gunmen kill two policemen in Kenya’s northeast

November 16, 2012 11:56 am


Firearms for the slain officers were stolen in the attack/AFP-File
NAIROBI, Nov 16 – Gunmen shot dead two police officers in the north eastern Kenyan town of Garissa Friday, police said, just days after an ambush in a different part of the country in which 42 policemen were killed.

“Two police officers have been killed. They were on patrol when gunmen shot at them and fled,” a senior police officer who visited the scene said.

“Their guns were taken … we suspect Shabaab militia,” he added, referring to Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked fighters.

Area police chief chief Philip Tuimur confirmed the incident but did not elaborate.

Last weekend, an ambush on Kenyan police left 42 officers dead as they hunted cattle thieves in Baragoi, a remote district in Kenya’s arid north. It was the deadly ever attack on the police.

Kenya has suffered a wave of grenade and gun attacks, often blamed on Shabaab sympathisers and sometimes aimed at police targets, since its army went into Somalia last year to flush out the Islamist fighters.


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