HEAVILY armed Somali men raided a Mandera village at the Kenya-Somali border and shot dead a school girl. The men who were said to be hooded and wielding AK47 and G3 assault rifles and who were estimated looted several shops of food stuff, soft drinks, clothes and money. They then escaped towards Somali border town of Bulla-Hawa on donkeys. Local estimate they were about twenty in number.
Speaking on phone the area councilor Mude Kore said the girl was shot several times by the armed gangs after opening fire on the hut the girl was sleeping in alongside her mother and other siblings. The mother and siblings escaped unhurt. The militia burnt down two police reservists' houses of two.
Northeastern deputy police boss Philip Ndolo said that the militia surrounded the remote village and opened fire on the homestead of two local police reservist. "Our pleriminary investigation show that the assailant's target was the police reservist since they targeted his house. By the time they discovered he was out on duty they had already killed the girl. Our officers are already pursuing them," said Ndolo. "We want to increase the number of our police reservists and give them more firearms since we have trained them well. By the look of things this militias seem to be targeting them and they will only be able to fight them if they are well equipped," added Ndolo.
Early this year another Kenya police reservist was killed by suspected Somali militia in the village. The militias have been targeting the reservists who provide security in the villages not accessed by security personnel. The attack comes a few days after seventeen Christian worshipers were killed in grenade attacks and gun attacks in two churches 500 meters from a military base in the centre of Garissa town.