Al Shabaab kill 5 Kenyan security officers, ambush backup

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The late Tuesday attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants also saw them torch a police lorry according to Mandera South deputy county commissioner, Daniel Bundotich.

According to press reports, a few days after the deadly attack, the authorities detained those accused, whom were subjected to a police investigation, after which they acknowledged their participation in the largest attack in the history of this country.

"We lost five security officers in the attack while on patrol on Elwak-Kotulo road but we are pursuing the attackers", Saleh said.

Police officers on duty in Mandera.

Apparently, a contingent of General Service Unit personnel who responded to the attack were ambushed and their truck burnt by the militants. The attackers escaped the scene soon after the incident.

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The Somali Military Court sentenced five defendants to death for participating in the October 14 attack that caused 512 deaths, attributed by the government to the terrorist group Al Shabab. In November, two police vehicles were burnt to ashes in the same area, compelling police to stop escorting buses.

Buses on the Mandera-Nairobi route have since switched to Marsabit-Moyale road, which is considered safer.

Al-Shabab has carried out a series of attacks in Kenya since 2011, when Kenya deployed troops to neighboring Somalia to fight the extremists.

The counties of the larger northeastern Kenya could also be a target as those fleeing from AMISOM aggression are said to have entered Kenya through the porous border with Somalia.

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