Five security officers killed in Al-Shabaab attack

12 January, 2018, 19:03 | Author: Wade Massey

"We lost five security officers in the attack while on patrol on Elwak-Kotulo road but we are pursuing the attackers", Saleh said. "It was an ambush", said a police officer with knowledge of the attack who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Five security officers were on Tuesday killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on the Elwak-Kotulo road in Mandera.

A second contingent of paramilitary personnel that was responding to the first attack was also ambushed.

Mandera South deputy county commissioner Daniel Bundotich said three police reservists and two Administration Police officers died in the attack.

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The U.S. military said on Wednesday it had killed two militants in Somalia in an air strike targeting al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked Islamist group that is fighting to topple the UN-backed government. A team responding to the attack was also attacked and their lorry burnt, " said Mr Bundotich.

He added that such operation is part of the recent military operations against the militant group of Al-Shabaab in the region.

"A gunfight ensued before the suspected militants retreated".

It killed "two terrorists and (destroyed) one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu", AFRICOM said in a statement.

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