Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

US Conducts Airstrike in Support of the Federal Government of Somalia

Daniel Bundotich, Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner said the deceased were on normal patrol on the Elwak-Kotulo road and the attackers also burnt a police lorry while several officers were injured in the ambush.

The US military said yesterday it had killed two militants in Somalia in an air strike targeting Al Shabaab in Mogadishu. "It was an ambush", said a police officer with knowledge of the attack who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The terrorists are said to have attacked the first security group of APs, police reservists and regular police officers as they patrolled the notorious Elwak-Kotulo stretch.

A contingent of GSU officers who were first to respond to the scene were also ambushed by the militants.

Two police reservists and two Administration Police officers died instantly while another police reservist died while being rushed to hospital.

Buses on the Mandera-Nairobi route have since switched to Marsabit-Moyale road, which is considered safer.

The group lost its foothold in Mogadishu in 2011 but has continued its fight and still controls vast rural areas and is widely blamed for the country's worst ever bombing, which in October left 512 dead.

The attack comes less than a week after the militants attacked and burnt two police stations in Garissa county in northern Kenya.

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