Two police officers were on Saturday, December 4 killed and ten others were injured in an ambush that was carried on by suspected Al Shabaab militants at Bamboo in Mandera County.
The officers were on transit from Mandera heading to Nairobi in a Kenya Police track when the armed militants ambushed them spraying the motor vehicle with bullets.
Speaking to K24 Digital, North Eastern Region Police boss Rono Bunei said that the injured officers have been airlifted to Nairobi to seek further treatment.
He said that the incident took place a few minutes to 9 am.
“The vehicle was heading to Nairobi from Mandera but on the way, the suspected militants ambushed the track. The attack left to of our officers dead,” Bunei said.
According to him, attacks by suspected militants have in the recent past reduced unlike in the past.
Intelligence reports have, however, revealed that there have been a huge presence of militants in the vast North Eastern region, especially along the Kenya- Somalia border.
Locals have also been alerting the authorities about the presence of the militia group in the area.
Initial reports indicated that the militants tried to attack the track using a bazooka but failed after missing their target.
Bunei also dismissed claims that the militants whose exact number is yet to be established were only armed with firearms during the attack.
“The driver drove through the deadly shootout and managed to make it through. If he could have stopped most likely we could have witnessed more victims and casualties,” he added.