Shabaab militants attack police patrol base in Garissa

Police patrol Garissa

Police on patrol in Garissa town.

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Suspected Al-Shabaab militants Wednesday attacked a police base in Garissa, destroyed an armoury and shot a police officer, wounding him seriously.

Officers from Amuma Border Patrol Unit responded swiftly and engaged the attackers in a shootout that lasted for about 15 minutes.

“We received information from our officers based at Amuma BPU camp that, while in their camp, they heard gunshots coming from direction of Amuma police patrol base which is about 100 metres from their camp,” says a report from Hagadera Police Station.

During the attack at Amuma police base, the suspected terrorists are said to have fired a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) at the police armoury, partly destroying it.

Police Constable Jarso Golo was shot at three times by the militants as Constable Fredrick Okwiri went missing during the attack that was reported around 0130 hours.

“PC Jarso was shot three times in the right elbow and in the back while PC Okwiri could not be accounted for. Plans are being made to take the injured officer to Hagadera IRC Hospital for treatment,” reads a police report seen by the Nation.

A police vehicle registration number GK A931, a Toyota Land Cruiser, had its four tyres deflated during the attack.

The attack happened a day after a General Service Unit lorry hit an home-made bomb at Jabibar area within Rhamu Sub-County in Mandera.

At least nine police officers were reported to have been injured during the incident.