No officers were killed in Mandera Al Shabaab attack, police say

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By NepJournal February 2, 2017 23:32

No officers were killed in Mandera Al Shabaab attack, police say

By NJ Correspondent:

The national police service has denied reports appearing in a section of the local media to the effect that several officers were killed in Thursday morning’s Al Shabaab attack in Mandera.

In a statement, the NPS said all the officers at Arabia police camp have been accounted for after more than 100 fighters attacked at around 1am.

“All officers are safe and have been accounted for, security has been beefed up after dispatching a contingent of security officers who are still combing the area with a view to subduing the criminals and recovering the stolen government property” reads the statement in part.

Al Shabaab destroyed the nearby Safaricom mast and made away with a police land cruiser which they used to carry their injured colleagues.

In the statement, the NPS condemned a section of the local media for carrying unconfirmed reports that alleged several officers were killed in the attack.

“This is dispiriting and the height of irresponsibility to cause distress and grief to Kenyans and members of the public officers’ families. It is unfair and against journalist code of conduct” wrote the NPS.

The force urged members of the public to be wary of suspicious characters and cooperate with security agencies in the National effort to combat terrorism.

One person identified as a student was reportedly hit by a stray bullet and has since succumbed to the injuries.

Reports also indicate 3 BVR kits for use in the ongoing mass voter registration were also vandalized by the attackers.

Arabia attack aftermath.

 

 

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