2020 has seen a renewed vitality by Somalia’s outlawed militant group Al Shabaab. Among the major highlights was an attack on an American base in Manda Lamu County that led to the death of 3 American Soldiers.
The group has however had a more difficult time in their later attacks as they have found a formidable and ready resistance from Kenyan authorities, the latest being a thwarted attack on a police vehicle along the Bura-East-Garissa Lappset road
The officers on patrol engaged suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County in a shootout, North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nick Ndalana has confirmed. There was heavy gunfight after a vehicle belonging to the officers missed an IED.
“We got information that the suspected militants were around and our police officers were on patrol. After they (militants) noticed the vehicle missed the IED they had planted, they started shooting at the police officers,” Mr Ndalana said.
Local authorities reported that the rear right tyre of the police Toyota Land Cruiser was punctured by an enemy bullet. The vehicle’s body also had five bullet holes. The incident came two days after suspected Al-Shabaab militants destroyed a Safaricom communications mast in Khorof Kharar in Wajir County.
County Police Boss Thomas Ngeywa said an attempt by the militants to attack a police camp also failed.