A suspected Al-shabaab militant was on Monday killed while attempting to blow up a communication mast in Ijara sub county.
The suspect was gunned down after he was cornered during a multi-agency security operation after he reportedly fired rocket propelled bombs at a police and administration police camps before targeting his arsenal towards the Safaricom mast.
Preliminary reports indicated that unknown number of militants ambushed the security installations during a gun battle that lasted for hours before the bandits were overpowered and retreated into the bushes.
The Security team was thrown into action and caught up with the heavily armed militants near the Safaricom mast which was recently replaced after it was destroyed during a similar attack in Garissa County.
Confirming the incident the sub-county Police Commander Emmanuel Rono said the militias fired mortars shells at the safaricom mast with a view to immobilizing communication in the area.
The mast was under guard by the multi-agency security team lead by Rapid Deployment Unit and Kenya police reservists.
Rono added that there was heavy exchange of fire before one of the attckers was felled but several others were reported to have fled with bullet wounds.
He commended the security forces and appealed to the residents to give out vital information to the security apparatus on time.
The police commander appealed to health facilities to ensure that the injured fighters should not be given any treatment anywhere but instead report to the security apparatus immediately.
By Mohamed Dahir.