MANDERA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security officers have launched a manhunt
for Al-Shabaab militants who on Monday attacked and burnt two
police vehicles escorting a commuter bus in Mandera county.
Mandera South Deputy
County Commissioner Daniel Bundotich said the militants sprayed
bullets on two police land-cruisers escorting passenger service
buses en-route from Nairobi to Mandera.
are still pursuing the attackers who had ambushed the passenger
bus en route to Mandera from Nairobi. No arrest has been made,”
He said the Monday
attack in Dabacity area, Mandera County which borders Somalia,
left no casualties after police in the escort engaged the
militants in a gun battle.
“We can account for
all our officers and passengers in the two bus convoy and the
burnt land cruisers but our men are on the ground pursuing the
He confirmed the
Islamist militants crossed over the porous border with Somalia
barely five kilometers from the Mandera-Nairobi road.
Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said security chiefs in the region
have laid elaborate measures to lead the area of the attackers.
The area has borne
the brunt of Al-Shabaab attacks in the past after the militants’
ambushed police and military vehicles burning them to ashes by
planting improvised explosive devices on the sandy road.
Ali Roba’s security vehicles were attacked early this year by an
improvised explosive device planted by the militants killing
five bodyguards before crossing the border.
The Al-Shabaab have
changed tactics and resorted to abductions and using improvised
explosive devices to carry out attacks in parts of Coast region
and northeastern Kenya, according to police.
Kenya continues to
suffer several attacks as terrorists change tuck to beat
heightened security and carry on with their heinous acts
In the recent past,
there have been numerous attacks involving landmines, grenades,
or other explosive devices in northeast Kenya.
Most of these
attacks occurred in northeastern Kenya, mainly in Lamu in the
coastal region, Dadaab, Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera counties in
Kenyan police officer missing
after suspected Al-Shabaab attack
MANDERA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan police officer is missing after
suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked and burnt two police
vehicles escorting a commuter bus in Mandera country on Monday
A senior police
officer confirmed on Tuesday that the vehicles with 12 police
officers on board had been ambushed by militants in Dabacity
area, Mandera County, which borders Somalia.
“The rescue team
comprising of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) and police officers
have successfully evacuated 11 officers from the scene and
unable to trace one who is said to have made a communication to
the station from his hideout,” said the officer who declined to
He said the vehicles
with 12 officers were escorting a commuter bus to Mandera when
they were hit by rocket propelled grenades. A firearm is also
missing amid speculations the terrorists escaped with it.
Another officer was
injured during the ambush as the militants moved to burn the
vehicles before escaping.
Efforts to locate
the missing officer is ongoing.
The police officer
said no passenger in the bus was affected as the ambush happened
when the vehicle had passed the scene.
The officer said the
attack came after a lull of three months during which no
incident was reported.
militants, which have been mounting cross-border attacks in
Mandera, are said to be grouping in the area. It has become
difficult to attack them due to heavy rains.
Al-Shabaab has vowed
to attack Kenya after the east African nation sent troops into
southern Somalia in 2011 to help flush out the insurgents blamed
for kidnappings of tourists.
Kenya now has more
than 4,000 troops in the 22,000-strong African Union force in
Somalia helping the United Nations-backed government battle Al-Shabaab,
which is allied to the Al-Qaida terror network.