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Kenyan police foil Al-Shabaab attack in border town

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan security forces thwarted attempts by Al-Shabaab militants to carry out terror attacks in the border town of Amuma in northeast region on Friday.

Area divisional police commander John Ogola said the militants who had crossed over from neighboring Somalia had first attempted to destroy telecommunication mast belonging to mobile operator Safaricom to disrupt communication in the area before they could inflict harm on the locals.

“They wanted to first destroying the mast which would have automatically cut off communication in the area. This would have given them ample time to carry out their heinous acts. This did not however succeed since police officers responded swiftly,” he said.

Ogola said the police repulsed armed attackers who were over 10 in number. They were armed with AK 47 rifles, hand grenades and improvised explosive devices and were targeting the mast in the dawn incident.

Ogola said that swift response by the officers from the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU), who were two kilometers from the mast, forced the militants to flee.

He said that the militants only managed to destroy the gate and the mast was still working.

This is not the first time communications mast was targeted in northeastern Kenya. Several of them had been destroyed as the militants sought to cut police from immediate response.

In addition, the Somali militants have been targeting military and police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in the northeast region, especially in Mandera and Garissa counties.

             

 

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