Two Kenyan police killed in attack in northeast county

NAIROBI Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:30am EDT

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two Kenyan police officers were killed and another injured on Thursday in an attack on a local administrator's office in a northeast county bordering with Somalia, the interior ministry said.

Twelve vehicles were also burned in the raid on an Assistant County Commissioner's office in Mandera East Sub County, which the ministry blamed on "criminals" without elaborating further.

The attack in Mandera County followed a grenade blast late on Wednesday that killed one person in another northeastern town, just days after an assault on a Nairobi shopping mall by Islamist militants that killed at least 72 people including foreigners.

Saturday's attack on the Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital was claimed by the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which has also carried out sporadic attacks in the arid northeast border region. The area is also prone to banditry and low-key clan clashes by pastoralist communities.

(Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)

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JPMoffat wrote:
I knew Beelzeshebaab was behind it.

Sep 25, 2013 10:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MickDXB wrote:
It is absolutely irresponsible of media outlets to link this horrific massacre to the U.S. and Britain only because some of the Somalian-origin Shebaab involved in the attack “lived there” for a time. This is indicating, to the world, that these attacks were instigated by U.S. or British policy or that factions in these countries were behind it. Couch journalism “phoned in” for good reading. Hack media is the biggest terrorist in the world as a large percentage of the public believe everything that they see or read as gospel. It incites hatred and breeds contempt for nations that, otherwise, have no hand in the culling of these innocent people.

Sep 26, 2013 2:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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