13 February 2013

Kenya: Mandera Reservist Shot Dead By Gang

A Kenya police reservists was on Tuesday morning killed by suspected al shabaab militia in Mandera. The KPR officer, who was returning home after a night patrol, was shot from behind by the gunmen who escaped on foot.

North Eastern police boss Charlton Mureithi said the terror gang ambushed the reservist at 6.30am at Bula Nguvu in Jamuhuria. He had just finished his prayers at the mosque and was on his way home.

Mureithi said the reservist was called Yusuf Mohamed and was in his early 30s. He said the militia ambushed Yusuf and snatched his G-3 riffle. They later dropped it a kilometre away after suspecting they were being trailed.

"We recovered the gun with the magazine still intact at the Mandera forest one kilometre from the incident," said Mureithi. "Our officers are still pursuing the gang and will soon catch up with them."

Mureithi said the gang could have trailed the reservist for sometime before disarming and killing him. His body was buried at the Mandera Cemetery grounds.

Northeastern province has bore the brunt of insecurity posed by the al Shabaab since Kenya took its troops into Somalia in October 2011.

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