(Xinhua) -- At least two Kenyan soldiers were killed
on Wednesday in a shootout with police officers in Mandera
county near Somali border.
North Eastern Regional Commissioner
Mohamud Saleh and head of the Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU)
Nguyo Wambua confirmed the incident, saying the soldiers were
killed during a “friendly fire” with RBPU officers.
“There was confusion because the
soldiers thought the RBPU officers were armed bandits but by the
time they realized, there were injuries. We can not understand
how the KDF officers mistook our team for armed bandits,” Wambua
Saleh had earlier said the soldiers
who were heading to Mandera mistakenly attacked officers
attached to the RBPU, a combined team of security officers who
patrol the porous border near Lafey.