One Kenyan police officer dead after Somali Islamist twin attacks

Al Shabaab militants parade new recruits in a file photo. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

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Somali Islamist militants attacked two Kenyan police convoys in northern Kenya on Friday, killing at least one police officer, police and a spokesman for the group said.

The al Shabaab group, which seeks to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed government and impose a strict version of Sharia law, has carried out regular assaults in neighbouring Kenya in retaliation for Kenya’s contributing troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

“This afternoon, we launched twin attacks,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military spokesman, told Reuters.

Militants killed one police officer and injured more in the first attack. They later attacked a second vehicle using a road-side bomb, he said, adding the militants had “spared the public vehicles” that were being escorted.

Kenyan authorities confirmed that one police officer had been killed.

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  • Africa terror related news from December 21 until December 27
    28 December 2015 at 2:29 am - Reply

    […] Update 10:07 UTC : Kenya – 1 police officer killed by Al Shabaab Somali Al Shabaab terrorists attacked two Kenyan police convoys in northern Kenya on Friday, killing at least one police officer, police and a spokesman for the group said. (source: Reuters) […]

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