Five Security Officers Killed In Mandera Shabaab Attack
[RADIOSHABELLE] Five security officers were killed on Tuesday in an attack by suspected al-Shabaab
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holy warriors on the Elwak-Kotulo road in Mandera.
The attackers also burnt a police lorry while several officers were maimed in the evening ambush.
Mandera South deputy county commissioner Daniel Bundotich said three police reservists and two Administration Police officers died in the attack.
"We lost five security officers in the attack while on patrol on Elwak-Kotulo road," he said.
The second contingent of GSU personnel that was responding to the first attack was also ambushed, Mr Bundotich added.
Nation established that the lorry that was burnt was the one the GSU officers were in.
The holy warriors are said to have attacked the first security group of APs, police reservists and regular coppers as they patrolled the notorious Elwak-Kotulo stretch.
"Combined forces were on patrol before being ambushed by suspected al-Shabaab turbans at Dubacity around midday. A team responding to the attack was also attacked and their lorry burnt,’’ said Mr Bundotich. He added that another team was being assembled to respond to the two attacks.
In November, two police vehicles were burnt to ashes in the same area, compelling police to stop escorting buses.
Buses on the Mandera-Nairobi route have since switched to Marsabit-Moyale road, which is considered safer.
According to Mr Bundotich, a gun fight ensued before the suspected turbans retreated.
"We are sure of more casualties on their side, considering the ground evidence," he said
On Sunday, KDF killed five suspected al-Shabaab holy warriors believed to have been involved in an attack on Ijara Police Station in Garissa.
KDF front man David Obonyo said a vehicle that had been taken away by the holy warriors during the attack on the cop shoppe was destroyed after explosives it was carrying went
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