Several Kenyan police officers were killed in an attack Monday night in the northeastern Garissa county, where 148 students were massacred last month, police said Tuesday. Al-Shabab claimed credit for the attack.
The group also burnt five vehicles in the two incidents, said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab of Al-Shabab.
“We took all their weapons. There were some Kenyan forces that escaped in the course of the ambush fighting,” he said
A police spokesman, George Kimoti, confirmed there was an attack in the Garissa region, and two security officials said many police officers had been killed in an al-Shabab ambush but could not give an exact death toll. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.
Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that at least 20 police officers were feared dead in the attack in Yumbis village.
The victims — who were on their way to rescue another team of officers wounded in an attack earlier on Monday — were moving in a convoy of four vehicles that the militants then burned. In the earlier attack, three police officers patrolling between Garissa and the Dadaab refugee camp had been injured when their vehicle ran over a land mine, the officials said.