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Massive operation mounted after fresh Garissa attack

Police Spokesman George Kinoti said they had not confirmed any deaths, but admitted 13 officers were missing/FILE

Police Spokesman George Kinoti said they had not confirmed any deaths, but admitted 13 officers were missing/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 – A massive security operation was underway in Garissa Tuesday morning, following an attack that left several police officers missing or dead.

Reports from Garissa indicated more than 20 police officers were killed in the ambush as they headed to rescue their colleagues. Some attackers were also believed to have been killed.

Police Spokesman George Kinoti said they had not confirmed any deaths, but admitted 13 officers were missing.

“There was an ambush on officers who were on patrol and as a result, 13 officers are missing,” he said, “two others sustained injuries and have been taken to hospital.”

Reinforcements were dispatched to find the officers whose truck was also missing.

“More police officers have been dispatched to look for those missing and the attackers,” he said.

Garissa County has remained volatile with numerous attacks since last month when the Al Qaeda-linked militants stormed Garissa University College, killing 142 students and six security forces during a daylong siege.

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