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Militants killed in Mandera

MOGADISHU (SD) – At least five suspected al-Shabaab fighters have been killed and several others suspected to have sustained injuries after clashes with Kenyan security forces in Mandera county near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

Mandera County Commissioner Onesmus Kyatha has told the local media that the militants tried to raid a base belonging to Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) forces located on the outside of Mandera town.

“Armed al-Shabaab militants have attempted to attack the base but they were defeated. Our forces managed to killed five militants and there were also some others who sustained injuries but I can’t exactly say the number,” he said.

The attack happened Monday night, according to the commissioner.

Kyatha said joint security forces dispatched to hunt down the perturbators.

“Our forces were this morning deployed at the scene to launch operations to hunt down the militants,” he said.

Al-Shabaab fighters have been carrying out deadly attack in areas along Kenya-Somalia since 2011 when Kenya sent its troops to Somalia.

The deadly attacks by the militants had forces hundreds of non-locals from other parts of Kenya to flee region.

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