Somalia’s militant group Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the killing of at least 20 Kenyan police officers in Garrisa county North Eastern Kenya.
The ambush happened on Monday night. 8 police officers are said to have been seriously injured.
Speaking to Reuters the group’s military spokesman said, they killed 25 Kenyan police officers in a village North of Garissa town where the militants killed 148 students in April.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab Reuters that 20 officers were killed when al-Shabab fighters ambushed them on Monday night in Yumbis village, 70km north of Garissa, while more officers were killed when a police vehicle hit a landmine planted by the fighters.
“We took all their weapons. There were some Kenyan forces that escaped in the course of the ambush fighting,” he said, adding that five police vehcles had been burnt.
Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow said Garissa police had confirmed that 20 officers had been killed in the attacks.