Three police officers were on Tuesday morning injured when al-Shabaab militia attacked a police vehicle at Wargadud in Bambahowla area, Mandera County.
The Police officers were heading to Elwak from Wargadud when their vehicle was attacked.
According to area County Commissioner (CC), Onesmus Kyatha, the militia ambushed the vehicle in Bambahowla where two Kenya Police Reservists and the Acting Officer Commanding Wargadud Police Station (OCS) got Minor injuries.
“The coward terror group ambushed a police car this morning where three police officers were injured, police overcame them and they ran into the thick, our special forces are still pursuing them,” said Kyatha.
The victims were rushed to Elwak Sub-county Hospital with multiple injuries and they are all in stable conditions.
Mr Kyatha said that security agencies had come up with an agreement with the local residents to ensure they defeat the Al-Shabaab by working together.
“We have an agreement with wananchi to root out Al-Shabaab in this area, we have enough information that those terrorising us are radicalised youths from this region who ran to Somalia years back to join Al-Shabaab, we are going for them , it’s not business as usual,”added Kyatha.
The Administrator warned Al-Shabaab sympathizers that the government will deal with them accordingly.
“Am warning Al-Shabaab sympathisers that we are going for them, you are feeding and doing business with our greatest enemy, our operations can’t spare you”, he added.
He urged residents to cooperate with security agencies to root out Al-Shabaab out of Mandera.
The commissioner confirmed receiving additional security units that will help in the operation.
“We have received additional security units, we have deployed them to various parts of vast county and they are working tirelessly and soon these attacks will be a thing of the past,” said Onesmus.
Local political leaders recently said that al-Shabaab remains the greatest enemy of development in Mandera and urged the locals to help security agents to tame them.
A series of security meetings involving top security officers in the region, local political leaders and elders from the region has been going on since last week.
Village elders have also vowed to cooperate with government in efforts to tame the terror group in region.
Today’s incident came a day after a lorry ferrying miraa from Meru to Mandera was attacked at Lafey by Alshabaab attackers.Three civilians and two Al-Shabaab lost their lives.
By Charles Matacho