Al-Shabab kills 12 in Kenya

Al-Shabab kills 12 in Kenya
October 25 10:02 2016

Kenyan police have said 12 people have been killed in an attack targeting civilians in Mandera county near the Somalia border.

“This happened very early in the morning, at around 2:30 am local time on Tuesday,” said Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi.

Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander, said on Tuesday fighters from al-Shabab, the Somali armed group, were suspected of carrying out the attack on the Bisharo Guest House.

Eyewitnesses told Al Jazeera that they heard several loud explosions and gun shots.

“What we are told happened is that a gunman came and used an explosive device to gain entrance to the building,” our correspondent said.

“Security officers, police and military came right after the attack to rescue some of the guests that had a wall caved in on them.

“There is now a massive manhunt with anti-terrorism police using sniffer dogs to try and track this attacker.”

Al-Shabab has pledged retribution against Kenya for sending troops into Somalia in 2011 to fight the group, which is waging an armed campaign against Somalia’s internationally recognised government.

The assaults have often been in Kenya’s northeast, near the long and porous border with Somalia, but al-Shabab has also struck coastal areas popular with tourists and the capital Nairobi, where its fighters attacked the Westgate shopping centre in 2013.

Until Tuesday’s attack, Kenyan security forces appeared to have been successful in putting a halt to the wave of attacks.

However, Mandera remains a volatile area.

Al-Shabab fighters hijacked a bus there in November 2014, and killed 28 people on board. In December 2014 they killed 36 quarry workers.

Earlier this month, six people were killed in an al-Shabab attack on a residential building in Mandera