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Police repulse suspected Shabaab militants in Garissa

Tuesday May 19 2020

A police officer on patrol

A police officer on patrol in Garissa. Police officers on patrol on May 18, 2020 engaged suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County in a shootout. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GRUP 

FARHIYA HUSSEIN
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Police officers on patrol have engaged suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County in a shootout, North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nick Ndalana has confirmed.

There was heavy gunfight after a vehicle belonging to the officers ran over a homemade bomb.

Mr Ndalana said the incident occurred on Monday along the Bura-East-Garissa Lappset road.

“We got information that the suspected militants were around and our police officers were on patrol. After they (militants) noticed the vehicle missed the IED they had planted, they started shooting at the police officers,” Mr Ndalana said.

IED EXPLODES

He further added that the IED exploded behind the vehicle.

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The officers were from Bura East Police Station.

Local authorities reported that the rear right tyre of the police Toyota Land Cruiser was punctured by an enemy bullet. The vehicle’s body also had five bullet holes.

Mr Ndalana confirmed that no casualties were reported.

The incident came two days after suspected Al-Shabaab militants destroyed a Safaricom communications mast in Khorof Kharar in Wajir County.

County Police Boss Thomas Ngeywa said an attempt by the militants to attack a police camp failed.

on Sunday, Kenya Defence Forces launched an air strike targeting Al-Shabaab hideouts along the Kenya-Somalia border.