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Kenyan forces foil Al-Shabaab attack on AP camp in Mandera county

Storyline:National News

Kenya’s security forces on Wednesday repulsed suspected Al-Shabaab fighters who had planned to raid a camp of administration police (AP) in Mandera County along the Somalia border.

Deputy County Commissioner Eric Oronyi said the men had targeted the camp in Lafey countituency but the police moved swift and repulsed them.

“Our officers shot at the suspected Al-Shabaab raiders and managed to repulse them back to Somalia,” Oronyi said.

Oronyo said the suspected Al-Shabaab raiders were working in cahoots with locals in gauging alertness of security agents.

“Al-Shabaab are working with a few locals in gauging area security preparedness in bid to future attacks.

He said the raiders surrounded the police camp after which security officers engaged them in a fierce gun battle.

The Al-Shabaab have in the past five months attacked communication masts in bid to cut police from immediate response.

The group has been targeting military and police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in northeast region especially in Mandera and Garissa counties.

Kenya, currently engaged in the fight against the group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under, the Africa Union Peacekeeping Mission (AMISOM) has been registering impressive gains and extending humanitarian assistance to the local population.