NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – One of the police officers wounded in Monday night’s attack at Yumbis in Garissa succumbed to the injuries on Tuesday afternoon.
Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi said the officer and four others had been flown to Nairobi where they were undergoing treatment.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet earlier confirmed that five police vehicles were burnt during the attack that comes a few days after another raid was thwarted in the same area.
He said a combined security operation by police officers and the Kenya Defence Forces was mounted in a bid to contain the situation.
“(An) operation to subdue the attackers is on course and as we establish more information, we shall inform the public accordingly,” he assured.
The National Police Service spokesperson George Kinoti told Capital FM News that 13 officers who had ‘gone missing’ had been accounted for.
The officers had gone to rescue their colleagues when they came under a hail of bullets from the attackers ho are believed to have crossed over from neighbouring lawless Somalia.
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 6 security forces during a day-long siege.
The attack came after Kenya Defence Forces on Monday morning killed seven Al Shabaab insurgents during an ambush attack at Doobley in Somalia.