Public transport in Mandera suspended on fears of possible Shabaab attack

Public transport in Mandera County has been paralyzed after al-Shabaab suspects were seen along Rhamu-Elwak road, Mandera County Police Commander Jeremiah ole Kosiom has said.

On June 2, 2019, police officers missed death by a whisker when a landmine that had been planted on Rhamu-Elwak road went off but missed the police car.

The police officers were accompanying buses that were using the road.

According to a report by Daily Nation, five people from the militant group died as a result of gun injuries. A gun belonging to al-Shabaab was also recovered.

Since the start of Ramadhan, insecurity has heightened in the entire Mandera County as a result of the high security presence.

On June 4, 2019, one police reservist was killed in a crossfire between Kenyan police and suspected al-Shabaab militants at Fino in Mandera County.

“The reservists were responding to reports of the presence of Al-Shabaab in the area when the incident occurred after evening prayers,” Fino MCA Saad Sheikh said.

Two Cuban doctors who were abducted in Mandera town are still been held captive by Al-Shabaab militants. However, there are reports that police are negotiating ransom so that they are released.

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