Re­port on Hamey raid out to­day

The Star (Kenya) - - News - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @TheS­tarKenya

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials in Garissa will is­sue a press state­ment to­day on the Thurs­day night at­tack in Hamey, in which al Shabaab mil­i­tants shot three po­lice of­fi­cers and ab­ducted four.

An of­fi­cer in crit­i­cal con­di­tion was rushed to Nairobi. The other two were treated and dis­charged. The camp had 14 of­fi­cers.

Dur­ing the raid, an un­known num­ber of mil­i­tants stormed the po­lice camp and fired in­dis­crim­i­nately.

Yes­ter­day, the mil­i­tants posted on their Twit­ter ac­count photos of weapons they seized dur­ing the at­tack.

But Garissa county com­mis­sioner James Kianda dis­puted the mil­i­tants’ claims, say­ing a com­pre­hen­sive re­port will be is­sued to­day.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are at an ad­vanced stage and sooner, rather than later, Kenyans will be told the truth of what re­ally tran­spired on that par­tic­u­lar day,” he told the Star.

“What we will not ac­cept is a few in­di­vid­u­als com­ing to at­tack us on our soil and do­ing all man­ner of evil things. We’ll make sure we do away with such char­ac­ters.”

A se­nior se­cu­rity of­fi­cial, who spoke to the Star on con­di­tions of anonymity, said some sugar smug­glers who were un­com­fort­able with the pres­ence of the camp in the area were di­rectly in­volved in the at­tack.

“They saw the pres­ence of the of­fi­cers at the camp as an im­ped­i­ment to their il­le­gal busi­ness. And so the only thing to do was get some gun­men from across [the bor­der] to at­tack the sta­tion,” he said.


Garissa county com­mis­sioner James Kianda on De­cem­ber 10 last year

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