The Star (Nairobi)

2 June 2014

Kenya: KDF Kill Two Muslim Cleric in Mandera Suspected of Terrorism

Photo: Capital FM
Kenyan Army and Amison Forces patrol Kismayu (file photo).

The Kenya Defence Forces has gunned down two Kenyan Muslim clerics who are believed to be members of the Al shabaab group in Mandera town and recovered eight hand grenades.

The two were felled at Khadija Haji, Shafshafey near the border at 11pm on Sunday night.

Police at the scene say the two were planning to carry out an attack in Mandera town.

Police suspect a Somali believed to be a key member of the militia group escaped and entered Somalia on foot after the ambush.

"Our officers had prior information of this militias coming to attack Mandera town. And at around 11 pm local time, they entered our borders and our officers led by those from the Kenya Defence Force opened fire at them.They then retaliated back,"said Mandera County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal.

He added: "Our officers plea for them to stop failed as they instead started shooting back at them and hurling grenades.It is at this moment that two of them were gunned down." He said police later realized that the two were renown clerics in Mandera town.

The incident led to a major security operation in Mandera town in a bid to arrest the culprits who had fled after the ambush.

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