Two other officers were nursing critical injuries after the militiamen from Somalia opened fire indiscriminately at their patrol car, also killing three civilians who had hiked a lift.
A senior police officer told Capital FM News that a major security operation was underway at the border town in search of the attackers said to have been armed heavily.
“Five (officers) were killed on the spot after they were ambushed while on patrol, and we are told a lot of bullets were fired on their vehicle,” the officer said, insisting we get official briefing from police headquarters.
“Three civilians were also killed in the attack,” he said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Administration Police Samuel Arachi said: “There has been an attack which has left our officers and civilians dead, we have mobilised security to get the attackers.”
There was no official statement from the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo’s office, but Capital FM News reliably learnt that the police chief had been briefed on the matter.
The attack occurred at Ali Kabey, between Liboi and Kulan region near Somalia.