Suspected Shabaab attackers kill officer at Lafey in Mandera

Thursday August 3 2017

Mandera County Commissioner Frederick Shisia. He says suspected Al-Shabaab militants have attacked Lafey Sub-County headquarters at around 2am on August 3, 2017. One police officer was killed. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mandera County Commissioner Frederick Shisia. He says suspected Al-Shabaab militants have attacked Lafey Sub-County headquarters at around 2am on August 3, 2017. One police officer was killed. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MANASE OTSIALO
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Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have attacked Lafey Sub-County headquarters in Mandera County and killed a police officer.

The attack happened at around 2am Thursday said Mandera County Commissioner Frederick Shisia.

Speaking by phone, Lafey Deputy County Commissioner Eric Oronyi said the attack was executed by more than 50 armed militants.

He said both AP and regular police camps were attacked.

“We have lost an officer in the attack. The officer is a sergeant,” he said.

He added that three Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles at the AP camp were burnt during the attack.

At the other police camp, one vehicle was burnt and a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the DCIO taken away.

The burnt vehicle belonged to the area OCPD

Mr Oronyi said at least three of the attackers were either killed or seriously injured at AP camp as there was a trail of blood within the camp.

He added that there was massive destruction of property at both police camps.