Garissa - Four Kenyan
police officers were shot dead in the border county of Garissa when 40
heavily armed men, suspected of belonging to Somali militant group al-Shabaab, attacked a police post, a senior regional government official
said on Saturday.
The East African nation, which
sent its troops into Somalia in late 2011 to pursue the al Qaeda-linked
militants, has suffered a string of gun and grenade attacks claimed by
al Shabaab group as retaliation.
administration police officers were killed during the attack and we are
now preparing to transport their bodies from the scene," Garissa County
Commissioner Rashid Khattor said.
initial assessment points to the attackers being al-Shabaab militants
who crossed over the border and carried out the hit and run attack," he
A local teacher was also injured in the attack at Galmagalla late on Friday, Khattor said.
month, al Shabaab released two Kenyan government officials it had
seized in a 2012 cross-border attack, after holding them in Somalia for
more than a year.
The attacks have
damaged Kenya's tourism industry, also hit by a massive fire at its main
international airport last week in peak season.