Al-Shabaab attackers destroy Safaricom mast in Garissa.

By NepJournal June 1, 2017 09:59

By Abdihakim Mohamed

Safaricom mast destroyed in Mandera by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in a past attack.

A group of Al-Shabaab militants on Wednesday night attacked Fafi centre, in Garissa County and destroyed a telecommunication mast.

Confirming the attack, Fafi Sub-County OCPD John Ogola said the police have launched a manhunt for the group.

He said they were using alternative routes for fear of landmine attacks that have been used to kill several police officers in the last few days.

Ogola denied a reports which claimed the militant started a fire at a primary school in Fafi sub-county.

“For now what I can confirm to you is that a Safaricom mast was destroyed and everything else said around are just rumours,” said Ogola.

In the past two weeks over 13 soldiers and five civilians were killed in separates attacks after an improvised explosive device (IED) allegedly planted by militants struck their vehicle in Garissa and Mandera Counties.

On May 29, local residents led by Awlian Sultan Hamud Mohamed expressed concerns on the rekindling of terror group Al-Shabaab attacks targeting security force in Mandera and Garissa Counties.

He urged security agents to go back to the drawing board and review their steps regarding the degree of careless laxity in the face of predictable security threats that raises lots of questions.

On Wednesday morning, four police officers and a civilian were killed after they were attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Baure area of Lamu County.

According to Lamu security officials the officers were of the Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit and were on their way to Mokowe town in Lamu West to refuel their vehicle when they ran over an IED blast at around 9a.m.

Al-Shabaab militants have launched horrific incidents in Kenya since KDF invaded Somalia in October 2011 following kidnappings of aid workers and tourists.

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By NepJournal June 1, 2017 09:59