October 10, 2018 / 8:21 AM / 9 days ago

Al Shabaab attack kills two Kenyan teachers

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Two Kenyan teachers were killed when suspected al Shabaab militants threw an explosive device at a house at a school in Mandera county near the Somali border, police said.

Security officers carry the body of a teacher killed at Arabia Boys Secondary School after suspected al Shabaab militants threw an explosive device at a teacher's house in Mandera county, Kenya October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack overnight.

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“Last night we killed two non-Muslim Kenyan teachers after we attacked their school in Arabow village of Mandera county”, Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters on Wednesday.

The teachers were killed in a fire caused by the explosion in the attack at Arabia Boys Secondary School, police said on Twitter.

Police reservists guarding the school “engaged the attackers who then fled as more reinforcements were mobilised”, police said.

The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab aims to topple Somalia’s U.N.-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam. They have intensified attacks in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia in 2011.

Reporting by Humphrey Malalo in Nairobi and Feisal Omar in Mogadishu; Writing by Clement Uwiringiyimana and Maggie Fick; Editing by Alison Williams

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