One Missing in Militant’s Attack on Kenyan Police Patrol

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Jihadist fundamentalist group, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, on Wednesday, attacked a police patrol base in Fafi, Garissa County of Kenya and injured a police officer.

Another police officer was also said to have gone missing.

The North-eastern Regional Commander, Rono Bunei, said the security officers were at the Amuma base when the heavily armed gunmen fired at them for about ten minutes before escaping.

Bunei said the station armoury was badly damaged in the attack, noting that the search for their missing colleague was ongoing while the injured one was stable at a local hospital.

According to him, an assessment done at the scene showed the attackers were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and they escaped as reinforcements approached there.

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“We are determined to deal with this menace but we need support from locals. Such an attack cannot happen without their knowledge,’’ he said.

The regional police commander said no arrests have been made so far. More patrols have been sent to the area to search for the attackers, which are believed to have either crossed the border into Somalia or were still holed up along the border.

There have been several attacks staged by the militants in counties neighbouring Somalia in a series, amid efforts to contain the situation.

Five police officers were seriously wounded on Sunday when their vehicle ran over a set improvised explosive device in Rhamu, Mandera County, in the latest such incident.

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