The Star (Nairobi)

9 August 2014

Kenya: Mandera Police Station Attacked By 100 Suspected Al Shabaab Militia

Photo: Shabelle
Members of the Islamist militia Al Shabaab (file photo).

Two police officers were injured, one seriously after suspected al Shabaab militia crossed over and struck Fino police station in Mandera on Friday night.

Lafey Police boss Bosita Omukolongolo said the attackers are believed to have targeted guns at the station.

"We were late last night attacked at Fino police station by people we suspect to be al-shabaab and we believe they targeted our weapons," said Omukolongolo.

He said it was a surprise attack and that two officers were caught unawares were left with gun wounds.

"These attackers surrounded our Fino station and started firing but our officers managed to repulse them and two have been injured in the process of fighting back," said Omukolongolo.

"One of the officers has a bullet lodged in his abdomen while the other has his flesh at the top left hand badly torn by a bullet," said Omukolongolo.

He said the attackers are believed to have arrived in a tipper lorry from the Mandera side only for the lights to go off us they neared the station.

Speaking at Mandera Referral Hospital where the two officers are admitted, Bernard Kosgey one of the two officers nursing gun wounds said the station was surrounded before the militants fired at them.

"We were on duty and saw a tipper lorry coming from the Mandera side before the lights went off," said Kosgey.

He said the militia first begun by shooting at the Fino Administration Police Camp to keep them indoors before descending on the police station. "They were more than a hundred people attacking us because bullets were coming from all the directions forcing us not to respond by firing only to hide," said Kosgey.

He said the station was badly damaged as the militia launched explosives into the station burning the police tents.

Omukolonolo said the police are carrying out an operation in the area to arrest the attackers believed to hiding within the town.

"We are now on operation and with help of the locals we believe we shall arrest the attackers."

He said plans are underway to have the two officers, Jackson Maiyo shot in stomach and Bernard Kosgey, airlifted to Nairobi for better treatment.

There has been intelligence reports indicating that either of the police stations along the Kenya-Somali border within Mandera County is to be attacked with newly established Omar Jillo KDF camp being the main target.

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