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Al Shabab reportedly kidnapped Kenyan official in Mandera

Mandera (SD)- Al-Shabaab militant group on Sunday claimed to have abducted a Kenyan official from Mandera county near Kenya-Somalia border.

The group’s fighters stormed a police post in Gumurey locality of Mandera county, prompting heaving clash with Kenyan soldiers.

In a statement, the group said its fighters took control of the village after Kenya police officers retreated.

Al-Shabaab said their fighters have captured Gumurey chief but did not give details.

Locals in the area also confirmed the death of soldiers and destruction of the police post.

Rono Bunei, northeastern regional commander who spoke the local media confirmed the attack and reinforcement was dispatched to the area.

Al-Shabaab group has been carried out attacks on towns and villages along Kenya-Somalia border.

During the attack, the group normally target non- locals working in the region including doctors, teachers as well as quarry workers.

The group vowed to continue attacks on Kenya’s soil until the East Africa nation withdraws troops from Somalia. Kenya deployed its soldiers in Somalia in 2011 to fight against al-Shabaab.

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