Security officers pursue al-Shabab militants after killing 11 Kenyans


Kenyan security officers are on Saturday pursuing al-Shabab militants who ambushed and killed 11 people mostly police officers in Wajir County in the northeast region on Friday evening.

Stephen Ngetich, Wajir country police commander said a joint security team combed the scene and recovered 11 bodies at the near Laga area where the militants attacked the commuter bus en route to Mandera from Nairobi at around 5:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m.).

“It’s reported that the attackers separated local Somalis from non-locals and in the proceed shot ten non-locals dead,” he said on Saturday.

The police said three survivors were rescued at the scene. Among those killed include eight police officers who were off duty and were returning back to work. Three civilians include one medical personnel, a teacher and one mechanic attached to the bus.

The police have arrested both the driver and the conductor of the bus christened Medina Coach, for interrogation. “The bus driver was flagged to stop and he immediately stopped instead of speeding off,” said the police.

Mohamed Birik, northeastern regional commissioner said that all the non-locals on the bus were killed.

“It’s unfortunate that al-Shabab has perfected the art of killing innocent souls. It is devilish and sad that their thirst for the blood of innocent Kenyans persists. As a government we will never relent,” Birik vowed.

“We will go for them and smoke them out of their hideouts. Our resolve to completely eliminate this region of this heartless people is never in doubt,” he added.

Birik said that security officers led by a special force were already in the area conducting both ground and aerial surveillance as they try to pursue the militants who are said to have escaped back to neighboring Somalia on foot.

He directed the security team in the restive region to ensure that suitable measures are put in place to ensure that the lives of Kenyans are protected including providing escort to the buses that ply routes in the northeast region.

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.

Al-Shabab has since changed tactics and resorted to abductions and using improvised explosive devices to carry out attacks in parts of the Coast and northeastern regions according to police. Enditem

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