Four civilians, including a child, were shot dead Tuesday in a police attack attributed to Somali Shebab Islamists against a telecommunications pylon in eastern Kenya, near the Somali border, we learned police sources.
The attack took place overnight in the town of Saretho, 25 km from the Dadaab refugee camp, which the government has previously accused of serving as a base for the shebab to launch operations on Kenyan soil.
The attackers targeted « a nearby telecommunications pylon and four innocent lives were lost in the operation, including those of a teacher and a young child, » police said in a statement attributing responsibility to the shebab. the attack.
« Two of the attackers were killed, » Kenyan police spokesman Charles Owino told AFP, adding that more than a dozen people had taken part in the attack.
The police notably discovered two Kalashnikovs and equipment to make improvised explosive devices.
Kenyan police have been on alert since Shebab fighters attacked a US-Kenyan military base on Sunday in Lamu, southeast Kenya, near the border with Somalia.
Three Americans – a soldier and two Pentagon contractors – were killed and several planes destroyed.
Affiliated with Al Qaeda, the Shebab has sworn the loss of the Somali government, supported by the international community and the 20,000 men of the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom).
Driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, they lost most of their strongholds but still control large rural areas from where they conduct guerrilla warfare and suicide attacks.
Since its military intervention in southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the shebab, Kenya has been the target of several deadly attacks, including those of the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi (September 2013 – 67 dead) and the University of Garissa (April 2015 – 148 dead).
The most recent, conducted in January 2019 by Kenyan shebab against a Nairobi complex comprising the Dusit Hotel and offices, killed 21 people.