KENYAN POLICE LAUNCH MANHUNT FOR KIDNAPPERS OF TWO TEACHERS

NAIROBI, The police and other security agencies in Garissa County in eastern Kenya have launched a manhunt for the assailants, believed to be Al-Shabaab militants, who raided a school in Fafi in the county Wednesday night before abducting two teachers.

The heavily armed militants also destroyed a telecommunications tower before fleeing towards the Kenya-Somali border. Garissa County shares a border with Somalia where the al-Shabaab militants are based.

The suspected al-Shabaab militants are reported to have launched the daring attack on a school in Fafi where they proceeded to burn structures before abducting two teachers. Armed with automatic rifles, the militants also destroyed a local telecommunications mast in a move aimed at disrupting communication in the region.

They later escaped towards the porous Kenya-Somalia border. Security agencies have since been mobilized and are combing the region in a bid to flush out the attackers.

The latest incident come in the wake of a sharp rise in attacks linked to the Somalia-based terrorist group, with security officers suffering the brunt of the attacks, mostly involving the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Also on Wednesday, nine people –six police officers, two Kenya Defence Force (KDF) personnel and a civilian — were killed while in hot pursuit of militants were suspected to be behind Wednesday’s IED in Kiunga, Lamu County, south of Garissa.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK