Al Shabaab attack 2 police camps, kill five in northeast Kenya

Kenya Defence Force soldiers arrive in Garissa University College in Garissa (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Five police officers killed and three others seriously injured after Al-Shabaab militants attacked two police camps early on Friday in Mandera county in northeast Kenya, senior official said.

“Four police officers and a reservist have died in the attack,” said Eric Oronyi, deputy commissioner for Lafey sub-county in Mandera County, Reuters reports.

Oronyi went on to confirm that it is the Al-shabaab that carried out the attack since they are near the Kenya-Somalia border.

According to Oronyi, the attackers, numbering between 70 and 100, arrived on foot, first targeting a mobile phone transmission mast to disrupt communications between officers and their bosses.

Alshabaab has for a long time carried out attacks in Kenya, mostly in the region bordering Somali to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw troops from Somalia.

Attacks continue to occur despite efforts by the Kenyan military to flush out the extremist group by capturing their military bases and killing scores of them.