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Kenyans hunt 'al-Shabaab' militants who attacked police camps

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s elite security forces have intensified a manhunt for Al-Shabaab militants who attacked two police camps in northeastern parts of the country on Saturday.

North-eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh said a contingent of security officers drawn from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), rural border patrol unit and the regal police were in hot pursuit of the militants.

"They (militants) can run but they cannot hide. We will smoke them out of their hideout," Saleh told reporters.

He assured local residents that security agencies were "in control of the situation" and urged them to provide relevant information that will help nab the militants.

The militant who according to locals were numbering 100 razed two police stations before escaping with a police Land Cruiser.

They also vandalized a Safaricom mast hence cutting of communication in the area.

The Al-Shabaab fighters had earlier been spotted in Boni forest, Taqsiley and Walkon areas in Ijara sub-county, Garissa county in northeastern Kenya.

They were accused of attempting to recruit local youth through radicalization.

Last week a man who was suspected by local resident to have fled the militia group had been arrested by the area chief in Kotile and handed over to anti-terror military officers based in Gamba in Tana delta.

Two youth from Ijara had also been taken away by the militants who accused them of spying on them.

The Al-Shabaab fighters are suspected to have fled Somalia after heavy onslaught by the Somali national army and African Union forces.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Two die in Mogadishu bomb attack

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Two people, including a Somali soldier, were killed on Sunday in a bomb explosion targeting an African Union (AU) military convoy in the capital of Mogadishu.

The explosion, which is reported to have been planted on the roadside near the defense headquarters in Mogadishu’s industrial area, exploded shortly after the AU troops had passed, military sources told Xinhua.

A senior military commander with the Somali National Army, Mohamed Ali, confirmed the incident to Xinhua, but said details were still scanty.

"Yes, there was an attack on African Union troops this morning near the ministry of defense," said Ali.

"We are still trying to get more information about it."

The militant group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that five AU troops were killed.

However, the AU mission in Somalia is yet to issue an official statement on the matter.

             

 

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