Update: Militants confiscate guns, BVR kits in Thursday's dawn attack on Mandera AP camp

Security has been beefed up in the area. Additional reinforcement is already on the ground to battle out the militants.

 

The over 10 militants are believed to have made away with three guns, police uniforms, a police Land Cruiser  and at least four biometric voter registration kits belonging to the Independent Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The militants have destroyed an Administration Police (AP) camp and burnt a mobile telecommunication mast operated by Safaricom Limited in the 1 am attack, Mandera Deputy Commissioner David Mbevi has confirmed.

“A security operation is underway after the attack in which BVR kits, guns and a police vehicle was stolen,” Mbevi told the press

Commenting on the unfortunate incidence, the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has reckoned and assured that all police officers were safe. He has however said that a student has been hit by a stray bullet, failing to confirm then state of the casualty.

“There was an incident at the camp but no police officer was killed in the attack and we call for responsible reportage,” he told the press.

He has, however, not furnished the press with sufficient details on the incident, only confirming that a heavy security operation has been mounted. He has said that the police are currently combing the area to arrest the victims of the attack.

Similar attacks

Last month, a police reservist was killed in a foiled attack in Mandera Town. This is the latest mast to be targeted in a series.

There have been increased insecurity cases in the region that borders the neighboring country, mainly blamed on Al Shabaab insurgents furious at the presence of the Kenyan military in their lawless country.

This comes in the wake of an attack on the Kulbiyow based Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) camp in Somalia, in an attack where dozens of soldiers are feared dead. In a propaganda information released, the group claims a maiming 60 uniformed men, way behind the KDF’s nine.

Kenya has been battling Somalia based Al Shabaab since 2011 when the troops joined the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops to reinstate peace in the war torn country.

This is a developing story. More details coming

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