Kenyan police said Friday they are pursuing al-Shabab militants who killed an elderly person and burnt a village in the northeastern region near Somalia border on Thursday night.
Northeastern regional police commander Paul Soi said the militants, who stormed Ijara village, were repulsed after killing the old man whose son work at the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).
“The militants burnt the village to ashes and killed the eldest old man whose son is a KDF. This is a new threat now. They want to target anyone whose children work in government,” Soi said on Friday.
Soi said the militants later purposely targeted the Hulugho sub-county hospital where they destroyed hospital gate with a rocket-propelled grenade and fired gunshots.
“The militants made their way inside the facility but the special forces commandos countered them immediately and repulsed them. Our forces are pursuing the attackers,” said Soi.
Kenya’s northeastern region has borne the brunt of grenade and gun attacks in the last several years since Kenya took its troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the al-Shabab militia group.
Many people, majority of them non-locals or Christians, have as a result lost their lives with others left with permanent injuries.
There has been heightened security around the country with security agencies at a state of alert amid the reports that al-Shabab might be planning attacks against Kenya in unspecified locations.
The police have also stepped up security around vital installations likely to be targets of attacks by al-Shabab who last month stormed a U.S. military training base in coastal Kenya and killed three Americans. Enditem