Somali militants kill three police in raid on Kenyan border town

Frederick Owens
July 6, 2017

Police spokesperson George Kinoti confirmed the death toll. "Further clearance and patrols are ongoing to establish the numbers".

Witnesses who spoke to journalists said the militants also destroyed a communication mast affecting communication in the area.

Resident Chargnre Sharuti said the attackers burned the police station and that they saw flames in the area at around that time.

Sharuti, a community health worker based at Pandanguo dispensary, said the gang took all the drugs in the facility.

The attackers, who struck at 5 a.m.

The statement comes after the US military confirmed Monday it carried out an airstrike against Al-Shabab in Somalia as Washington quietly steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

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Police officers in Lamu's Boni Forest.

The US military carried out a strike in Somalia against the al Shabaab militant group on July 4, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, the second attack on the group in the last few days.

"We have sent the police and now a battle is ongoing between the militia and our police". Kenyan soldiers are now part of a 22,000-member African Union mission fighting there. It did not disclose additional information such as the number of fighters killed.

In a separate incident in Somalia, an air strike reportedly killed 10 al Shabaab militants near the southern port city of Kismayo, the Mogadishu government said.

Tuesday's strike was different than the two offensive strike operations conducted on June 11 and July 2 that were carried out under the new authorities granted by President Donald Trump in late March. Ethiopia, Kenya and the United States have all conducted air raids on Somali territory.

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