5 officers killed in Kenya Al-Shabaab attack


Kenyan authorities have beefed up security along Somali border in Mandera County after Somali militants, Al-Shabaab killed five police officers on Tuesday evening.

The strike against Al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab militants occurred early January 2 about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital.

The U.S. military said that, in addition to the militant deaths, a "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device" had been destroyed in the strike.

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On Sunday, KDF killed five suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists believed to have been involved in an attack on Ijara Police Station in Garissa.

Last month, Washington warned of a threat to its diplomatic staff in Mogadishu and directed all non-essential staff to leave the city.

"US forces will continue to use all authorized and appropriate measures to protect the United States, its partners and interests, and deny safe haven to terrorist groups", the statement continued.

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On Christmas Eve, the U.S. military launched a strike at Baal Rahao where about 300 militants were training and killed 13 of them.

On October 14, a double truck bombing killed 512 people in Mogadishu, prompting thousands of nationals to take to the streets to protest against the terrorist group Al Shabab, created in 2006.

The U.S. military carried out more than 30 drone strikes a year ago against al-Shabab and fighters linked to the Islamic State group after the Trump administration approved expanded operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

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