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Al Shabab destroy machineries worth sh40M along notorious Arabia-Mandera road



MANDERA—Al Shabab militants have destroyed construction machineries worth sh39 million in night attack in Mandera County.

The 2:40 am attack took place in Hagarsu area at Bida sub location where the construction of Arabia-Mandera road is going on. The road is notorious for landmines planted by the Somalia-based militants.

According to police report, the militants stormed the storage facility and destroyed the heady duty machineries such as an excavator valued at Sh20 million, a flat roller machine valued at Sh9.5 million, a shifftoot roller valued at Sh9.5 million and a pressure pump worth Sh800,000 at the site.

The equipment belongs to Abdullahi Khalif who moved to the site in September when he stopped the construction of the road and abandoned them, a police report seen by Kulan Post said in part.

The personnel manning the construction camp ran for their safety when a number of armed militants stormed and set the machineries on fire. 

“At the scene, a mobile phone without a battery but with sim card and a wallet with an ID card that bears the names of Hassan Ahmed Muhumed  were recovered,” the police statement said.

Barely a week ago, two construction workers were evening killed in an attack by unknown assailants in Fafi while working at the site, area police boss said.

The unidentified men were killed at 6pm while working at Harbole Jara Jara division. It was immediately clear why the construction workers were targeted.

North Eastern regional commissioner Mohammed Bariq said that authorities were pursuing the attackers.

“We have sent our officers to the ground. They are yet to get full information on the attack and there is a communication problem,” Biriq told Nation.

Elsewhere, Al-shaabab militants abducted four construction workers in Wel Garas, an area near Konton town in Wajir East. 

“The incident happened on Tuesday night at around 10pm,” Deputy County Commissioner Wajir East, Omar Beja told Kulan Post.

The twin attack comes at the backdrop of just released intelligence report indicating that the region will see spike in attacks by the Somalia based militant group.


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