, NAIROBI, Kenya May 25 – Five police officers have been killed and one injured in yet another attack in Liboi, a day after eight police officers were killed in the restive Somalia border towns.
The Kenya Red Cross said the new attack occurred between Malelei and Kulan when a police vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The incident comes a day after three police officers were killed in Liboi and five others in Mandera under similar circumstances, raising fears that Al Shabaab are now targeting police officers.
“A vehicle is reported to have ran over an IED between Malelei & Kulan, Garissa county. 5 feared dead & 1 injured. RedCross responding,” the Kenya Red Cross tweeted.
There was no word from Police Headquarters over the series of attacks, even though Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had warned of imminent attacks targeting officers.
Al Shabaab militants “are dispatching operatives into parts of north eastern region to lay IEDs along routes used by our security patrols in efforts to frustrate our security operations at the border areas,” the police statement dispatched to newsrooms on Monday said.
Since 2007 Al Shabaab has fought to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu but only began attacking Kenya in 2011 after Nairobi ordered its troops into Somalia to fight the militants.
Kenyan soldiers are now part of a 22,000-strong African Union mission fighting in Somalia.
In 2013, Al Shabaab gunmen raided a shopping mall in the capital Nairobi killing 67 people, and in 2015 a similar attack on a university in Garissa left 148 dead.