A teacher was last night shot dead by suspected Al Shabaab militants who invaded Fafi trading centre in Garissa County.
According to the locals, the militants numbering about 40 stormed the centre at around 10 pm and started shooting indiscriminately while chanting ‘Alahu Akbar’.
Confirming the incident, North Eastern Regional Coordinator, Mohamud Saleh also said
hours after attacking Fafi trading centre, the militants shot at police land cruisers that were travelling from Yumbis to the scene of the attack, and in the ensuing confusion two vehicles were involved in an accident.
Saleh said already a helicopter has been dispatched to the scene for search and rescue operation, adding that the area cannot be reached after the militants blew off a Safaricom mast.
These criminal elements have resorted to guerilla tactics and are now planting IEDs on the roads targeting our officers trying to get to the scene to rescue their colleagues, but we will defeat them, Saleh maintained.
He said that all the civil servants in the area have been accounted for, contrary to earlier reports that the militants also abducted the local chief. We have intensified our operations as we try to nab them. The footprints show that they crossed over to Somalia which is a few kilometres away, said Saleh.
They were all armed with guns and came with a specific mission to kill and blow of the mast. They were all hooded and so it was difficult to identify them, said a resident who requested anonymity.
According to one of the health care workers, they were awakened by heavy gunfire. We all woke up and it was everybody for himself as we scampered for safety in different directions. We were later rescued by police officers, he said.
The militants have in the last three weeks intensified their attacks killing several people majority of them security officers.
Source: Kenya News Agency