GARISSA—At least seven suspected Al Shabab militants have been killed by security forces, top security official has confirmed.
Northeastern Regional Commissioner, Nicholas Ndalana reported that special forces, likely drawn from the administration police, managed to kill at least six militants and captured one alive.
“The special forces managed to capture one, who is injured. But he is undergoing treatment and he will help with investigations,” Mr Ndalana, who took over from Mohamed Birik on January, said.
Ndalana said the Friday morning operation at Jirole area caused one militant to escape with injuries, assuring that “we will capture him.”
“This area is now under high alert with police patrols,” Ndalana stated.
Elsewhere, a police officer was killed Friday afternoon killed by suspected Al Shabab militants at Alinjuqur area in Fafi Constituency.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the heinous killing of police officers in Alijugur area, Fafi Constituency by alShabab militia,” said Fafi MP Abdikarim Raati
The incident took place at 2PM when the militants hijacked a police car between Alijugur and Hagadera. The militants killed the driver and abandoned the car along the way.
Another set of police officers who were pursuing the terrorists were also killed by an IED in Welmarer area, the MP added. Security officials are yet to respond to queries for confirmation.
“In total, 3 police officers lost their lives, and the terrorists escaped in three Toyota Probox cars,” the MP said.
“In the wake of these attacks, in which Kenyans including police officers continue to lose their dear lives, and that have crippled the education sector and disrupted service delivery in the region, the government must change tact and deploy more security forces to areas along the border, if we are to win this war against the coward terrorists,” he continued.
Fafi Constituency shares a porous border with Somalia.