Gunmen kill Kenyan policeman in ambush

October 31, 2012 10:13 am
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Regional police chief Philip Tuimur confirmed there “was an attack which involved our officers” but gave no further details/FILE
NAIROBI, Oct 31 – Gunmen killed a Kenyan policeman and wounded another in an ambush in the restive northeastern Garissa region, the latest in a string of attacks near the border with Somalia, officials said Wednesday.

“We lost a police officer and the other is wounded,” a senior police officer said of the attack that took place late Tuesday. “The officers were on patrol when they were ambushed.”

Regional police chief Philip Tuimur confirmed there “was an attack which involved our officers” but gave no further details.

Past attacks and cross-border raids in the region have been blamed on the Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents or their Kenyan supporters, who vowed revenge after Nairobi invaded Somalia last year.

The Shabaab still control large parts of southern Somalia, despite African Union troops, allied Somali forces and Ethiopian soldiers wresting control of several key towns from the insurgents.

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