17 August 2013

Kenya: AP Among 4 People Killed in Garissa Attack

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Anti-riot police put out a fire after rowdy youths in Kisumu engaged the police in running battles in protest against demolition of their structures (file photo).

Nairobi — A police officer is among four people who were killed after a suspected Al Shabaab attack on an Administration Police post in Garissa on Friday night.

The Kenya Red Cross said on its Twitter handle said the attack occurred in Galmagala, in Garissa County.

Scores of people were injured in the attack, and one person has been evacuated to the Garissa District Hospital for further treatment.

"Attack in #Galmagala Fafi District; four feared fatalities. @Ems_Kenya evacuating one critical gunshot victim to Garissa," revealed Red Cross.

The organisation also said that hundreds of people had fled the area overnight fearing an escalated attack.

On May 19, unknown gunmen shot dead an officer with a paramilitary security unit in northeastern Kenya.

"These are people who knew him very well and decided to trail him. Our preliminary investigations show that the attackers committed the act from inside a taxi before speeding off," local police chief James Mutungi told AFP at the time.

And then on April 18, gunmen in the volatile eastern Kenya town of Garissa shot and killed at least 10 people while five others were seriously wounded.

"The death toll has now reached ten people. Some others died in hospital while undergoing treatment," a police officer told AFP.

In January, four people were reported killed and six seriously wounded when gunmen attacked another hotel in the town.

The government has had to tighten security in all the areas in the country but particularly those bordering Somalia, since the country's 2011 offensive to weed out the suspected militants.

But even then, the sporadic attacks by suspected members of the Al Shabaab in Kenya continue.

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