Three killed in sus­pected She­bab attack in north­ern Kenya: of­fi­cials

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Three peo­ple have died in an attack by sus­pected She­bab mil­i­tants in Kenya’s north­east­ern Wa­jir county that bor­ders So­ma­lia, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

Wa­jir county’s po­lice com­man­der, Sa­muel Mukin­dia, said a group of gun­men opened fire in a res­i­den­tial area late on Satur­day, killing two men and a women be­fore es­cap­ing.

Of­fi­cials and res­i­dents said the at­tack­ers were be­lieved to have been seek­ing to kill a lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tor, who lives close to the scene of the attack and is known to be on a She­bab “wanted” list for speak­ing out against the Is­lamists’ ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion.

“The at­tack­ers were pos­si­bly head­ing to the chief’s res­i­dence, but since they were not familiar with the house, they started shoot­ing peo­ple in­dis­crim­i­nately,” said Ahmed Muhamed, an el­der in Wa­jir.

Wa­jir, sit­u­ated 490 kilo­me­ters (310 miles) north­east of the Kenyan cap­i­tal Nairobi, is part of a vast bor­der area — in­clud­ing Man­dera county to the north and Garissa county to the south — to have been hit by an up­surge of at­tacks by the So­mali-led and alQaida-linked She­bab rebels.

Last year, the She­bab car­ried out a string of mas­sacres in Man­dera, and in April at­tacked a uni­ver­sity in Garissa, killing 148 peo­ple — most of them stu­dents.

The Is­lamists have vowed to con­tinue at­tacks un­til Kenya pulls its sol­diers out of So­ma­lia, where they are part of an African Union mission try­ing to rout the in­sur­gents and pro­tect the in­ter­na­tion­ally backed gov­ern­ment in Mo­gadishu.

How­ever there are in­creas­ing fears that the She­bab are steadily build­ing their sup­port net­work in the law­less, im­pov­er­ished and Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity bor­der re­gion, and shift­ing the bulk of their ac­tiv­i­ties from So­ma­lia to Kenya.

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