Report on Hamey raid out today
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