Suspected al-Shabaab militants destroy telecommunication masts in Kenya’s Mandera

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Suspected al-Shabaab terrorists in yet another attack have damaged telecommunication masts belonging to Safaricom and Orange in Kenya’s north-eastern county of Mandera, the Daily Nation reports.

The attack that happened on Monday night was confirmed on Tuesday by Elwak Deputy County Commissioner Peter Karanja. Mr Karanja said a team of security personnel had been deployed to “find out what exactly happened.”

Resident Abdi Siadi said: “There was a loud explosion at around 11 pm.”

On Monday, gunmen damaged a Safaricom mast at Dabacity, some three kilometres from Kotulo.

County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the attack happened at about 1.45am. He added that the attackers overpowered the five Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) deployed to guard the mast.

“The five KPRs guarding the installation tried to resist but the weapons of the attackers were superior, forcing them to run to safety,” he said.

Locals now fear Al-Shabaab militants could be preparing for a major attack following the damage to the equipment.

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