Al-Shabaab kill 14 people in Mandera

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  • They are said to have planted grenades on the doors but most of the people were sleeping in tents outside their houses due to the hot weather.
  • Mr Nkoyo said police have launched a search for the attackers.

At least 14 people were killed and 10 others injured after suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a village near Mandera Town.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo confirmed the attack, which happened at 1am in Soko Mbuzi Village.

According to the commissioner, the attackers struck when the villagers were sleeping.

They are said to have planted grenades on the doors, but most of the people were sleeping in tents outside their houses due to the hot weather.

A scene in Soko Mbuzi Village, near Mandera Town, where 14 people were killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on July 7, 2015. PHOTO | MANASEH OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The attackers then hurled a petrol bomb at the tents before shooting.

Most of the victims were quarry workers. The attackers are said to have escaped to nearby bushes when police on patrol arrived at the scene.

Mr Nkoyo said police had launched a search for the attackers.

Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo said one Improvised Explosive Device was in one of the houses and bomb experts were on the way to detonate it.

People standing outside a residential house in Soko Mbuzi Village in Mandera County where suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed 14 people and injured 11 others on July 7, 2015. PHOTO | MANASEH OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya Red Cross Secretary-General Abbas Gullet said four of those injures would be airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment.

In December last year, Al-Shabaab militants killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in Mandera.

The attack on the quarry workers also took place at night when the victims were sleeping in their tents in Koromey, about 15 kilometres from Mandera Town.

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