By NJ Correspondent:
Suspected Al Shabaab militant have hijacked a vehicle belonging to Kenya power on Thursday evening in Elwak town, Mandera County.
Elwak lies approximately halfway between Wajir and Mandera, located in the southern end of the Elwak-Mandera Road and borders Bur Ache, famously known as Elwak Somalia.
Mandera South Deputy County Commissioned Peter Karanja said the security agencies are pursuing the terrorists who stole the vehicles and drove towards Somalia.
“Two armed men emerged from the thickets and waved down the vehicle before pulling out the driver who was the only occupant as they took control,” he said on phone.
Karanja said the carjackers drove through Elwak Town without anyone noticing them but in less than ten minutes an alarm was raised.
“Our security team of KDF, both regular and Administration Police are pursuing but attackers were sighted some 40 kilometers into Somalia far away from Elwak,” added Karanja
He said the incident had caused panic in both the residents and traders as business were closed.
The incident comes barely two days after the interior CS Joseph Nkaissery announced the extension of dusk to dawn curfew in Mandera.
However, the curfew timing has been reviewed as new order start at 7pm and end at 5am to allow time for prayers in Mosques.