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Al Shabaab kill five police in northeast Kenya, official says

Al Shabaab kill five police in northeast Kenya, official says

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<p><strong>Somalia’s al Shabaab group killed five police officers early on Friday in northeast Kenya, in an area where the Islamist militants have in the past attacked military and civilian targets, a senior official said.</strong></p> <p>“Four police officers and a reservist have died in the attack,” said Eric Oronyi, deputy commissioner for Lafey sub-county in Mandera county. He said three other officers were wounded and one was in serious condition.</p> <p>“This is al Shabaab who carried out the attack because we are near the Kenya-Somalia border.”</p> <p>Oronyi said the attackers had destroyed a mobile phone transmission mast to disrupt communications.</p> <p>Al Shabaab are fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law.</p> <p>The group also conducts frequent assaults in Kenya, mostly in the region bordering Somalia, to put pressure on the Kenyan government to withdraw its troops from Somalia.</p> <p>Kenya is part of the African Union peacekeeping force <span class="caps">AMISOM</span>, which is defending Somalia’s government against al Shabaab.</p> <p><span class="caps">AMISOM</span> contributing countries including Uganda, Brundi, Djibouti and Ethiopia are currently meting in Kampala to assess the peacekeeping operations in Somalia.</p>

This is al Shabaab who carried out the attack because we are near the Kenya-Somalia border.

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