NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 14- Two Al Shabaab terrorists were killed in Mandera on Saturday night, during an attack at Warankalla area where they are said to have targetted a communication mast.
During the attack, police officers from a nearby camp responded and killed two of them, with several thought to have escaped with serious injuries. A police reservist was killed during the gunfire.
The attack raises fresh concerns of a resurgence of the Somalia-based terror group that staged numerous attacks in the region since the beginning of the year, killing several police officers and civilians.
According to authorities, the attackers were targeting a communication mast in the area.
“There intention was to destroy the (communication) mast but they were defeated. Unfortunately we lost one brave man,” a senior officer told Capital News from Mandera.
Police were investigating reports that the gunmen abducted a young boy during the midnight attack.
North-Eastern region has witnessed relative calm for the past three months since COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Kenya, despite the existing threat of terror from neighbouring Somalia.
The terror group is known to target non-locals and security forces with the use of Improvised Explossive Devices (IED).