MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Five Kenyan police officers were killed early
Friday after suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked two camps
in Mandera County, northeast Kenya.
Northeastern Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh confirmed to
Xinhua by phone that the two attacks targeted administration
police and Kenya police camps in Lafey town.
Saleh said the dead included four administration police
officers and a national police reservist.
He said the terrorists are suspected to have crossed the
border from neighboring Somalia, destroyed a telecommunication
mast in the area to cut off communication and later stormed the
two police camps.
According to security sources, the heavily armed militia
numbered about 100. Three other police officers were injured in
Lafey Deputy County Commissioner Erick Oronyi said the
injured are receiving treatment at a local health facility and
awaiting to be airlifted to capital Nairobi for specialized
He said the incident happened five km away from the border
with Somali and the militants crossed on foot through the porous
The area has faced a series of attacks in the past two months
that saw many communication masts destroyed. This is the third
time Somali extremists attacked a security installation in Lafey
Attacks believed to be carried out by Al-Shabaab have
occurred in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties of eastern Kenya
since Kenyan soldiers crossed into Somalia in 2011.
The attacks have occured despite efforts by the Kenyan
military to flush out the extremist group by capturing their
military bases and killing scores of them.