Al-Shabab raids Kenyan police, taking bullets and guns

Police say more than 100 fighters attacked station near border with Somalia, making off with about 10,000 bullets.

    Al-Shabab carried out regular cross-border attacks [EPA]
    Al-Shabab carried out regular cross-border attacks [EPA]

    More than 100 members of Somalia's al-Shabab group raided a police station in northeast Kenya overnight, wounding one officer and making off with arms and ammunition, according to police.

    The attack on Diff police station in Wajir district, close to the Somali border, happened at 22:00 GMT on Friday.

    "Officers put up stiff resistance and fought them off despite Shabab numbering over 100 in three trucks and heavy mortar fire," Police chief Joseph Boinnet told the AFP news agency.


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    A police source speaking on condition of anonymity said that more than 10,000 bullets and 13 AK-47 assault rifles were stolen, along with police uniforms and other items.

    Diff police station suffered a similar raid in April this year when three officers were wounded and a police vehicle stolen. Officials said around 100 al-Shabab fighters were also involved in that raid.

    SOURCE: AFP


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