, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Four police officers were shot and seriously wounded on Wednesday when attackers believed to be Al Shabaab ambushed them at the Kenya-Somalia border town of Liboi.
The officers had been on a night patrol and were attacked as they returned to their camp, police said.
“We had an incident where four of our officers were attacked. This is the work of Al Shabaab who are feeling the heat in their country and have now resorted to cross over here,” Internal Security Minister George Saitoti said.
The attack occurred on the Kulan-Liboi road, about 25 kilometres from Liboi town.
“The officers wounded in the attack will be airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment. They sustained serious injuries but they are in a stable condition,” a senior police officer in the region said.
North Eastern Provincial Police chief Leo Nyongesa confirmed the incident but he did not provide details.
Incidents of security forces being attacked at the border towns have been on the increase.
Areas mainly targeted include Wajir, Garissa and Dadaab where such incidents are reported every two weeks.
Kenya has suffered a series of attacks in recent months, which the police have blamed on Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents or its supporters.
Eight people were wounded in Wajir and Dadaab last week at the border region.
Earlier in the month, attackers launched a deadly grenade assault at a restaurant in Mombasa killing one person. Six other people, including one of the attackers were also wounded when three grenade attacks were hurled at Bella vista restaurant.
The attacker is still admitted to hospital and is expected in court once he recuperates.