Suspected al-Shabaab militants killed four Kenyan Administration Police officers and wounded another in an attack on the Galmagala police post 10 kilometres from the Somali border Friday evening (August 16th), Kenya's The Standard reported.
About 40 attackers descended on the post around 6:30 pm with mortars, rocket propelled grenades and gunfire, according to Garissa County Commissioner Rashid Khatour.
"Our officers engaged the bandits in fierce gunfight. However, the officers who were at the station at the time were outnumbered by the attackers," Khatour said.
Parts of the camp were damaged by mortar fire but the armoury was protected and no weapons were stolen. "These criminal were out to dismantle the camp and kill all our security officers, but their evil terrorist plans were thwarted by our gallant security men who fought hard despite being overwhelmed by their attackers," he said.
The injured officer was taken to Garissa General Hospital for treatment until he can be transferred to Nairobi.
Scores of civilians were scared by the battle and fled into the bushes. Security personnel and residents have launched a search operation for them.