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Kenyans intensify hunt for militants after two teachers killed

MANDERA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan security forces Wednesday intensified hunt for more than 20 militants who raided a local school in the country’s border region, killing two teachers.

Mandera County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said over 20 assailants believed to be al-Shabab militants raided the teachers’ quarters in Arabia Boys Secondary School, Mandera County, about 1 kilometer away from the Kenya-Somalia border.

“The attackers hurled an improvised explosive device (IED) into one of the two blocks housing non-local teachers, consequently killing two of them,” said Olaka.

He said security officers have launched a hunt for the attackers and more personnel from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), the General Service Unit (GSU), and the Kenya Police have been deployed to the area to reinforce security.

The government administrator said the four Kenya Police Reservists who guard the school engaged the attackers who unfortunately overwhelmed them and fled as more reinforcements were being marshaled into the scene.

There are four non-local teachers in the school. Two other teachers escaped the death dragnet during the night raid.

“All the other teachers, students, and workers are safe, and the county security committee has held several meetings with the County Education Board to arrange for necessary psychological support and counseling services for them,” Olaka said.

Security in Mandera remains volatile with the militia who cross over from their neighboring country responsible for the numerous attacks that have rocked the area.

Olaka said the government has summoned all security teams and commanders from the area to Nairobi next week to discuss this incident and other security challenges.

Kenya’s northeastern region has suffered from the brunt of grenade and gun attacks in the last several years since Kenya took its troops to Somalia to fight the al-Shabab militia group.

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Militants kill two Kenyan teachers in border town

MANDERA (Xinhua) -- Militants killed two Kenyan teachers and torched a local school in Mandera County in northeast Kenya on Tuesday night, a government official confirmed on Wednesday.

Mohamed Birik, northeastern regional commissioner, said the police are pursuing the attackers who raided Arabia Boys Secondary School in Mandera East and killed the two non-local teachers.

“The attackers also burnt down the school’s staffroom after raiding the school at around 2 a.m. but the police officers are pursuing them,” said Birik.

The school is situated at the Kenya-Somalia border in an area marked as a terror zone.

There are four non-local teachers in the school. Two other teachers escaped during the night raid.

The attack in the school happened barely one kilometer from the scene where militants killed some 28 tutors in November 2014.

Several teachers fled the region fearing more reprisals by the militants who were targeting non-locals working in the region.

Mandera County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka warned against radicalization of the youth and asked locals to share information with security agents.

The two teachers who escaped the attack were later taken to Mandera town by security agents. The two could not speak to the media for fear of another attack.

Kenya’s northeastern region has suffered the brunt of grenade and gun attacks in the last several years since Kenya took its troops to Somalia to fight the al-Shabab militia group.

             

 

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