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KDF soldier killed in Al Shabaab ambush

By MANASE OTSIALO

One Kenya Defence Forces soldier has been killed and two others injured in an ambush in Mandera. Confirming the incident, Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the soldiers were travelling to Mandera Town from Nairobi when they were ambushed by Al Shabaab between Elwak and Lafey towns.

“We have lost an officer and two others injured in 1pm ambush by Al Shabaab militants. The injured and the dead have since been flown to Nairobi  for treatment and burial respectively,” said Mr Shisia.

He said the area of attack was close to the Somali border, making it easy for the attackers to escape back into Somalia.

“This is not by locals, but by Al Shabaab militants from Somalia, because the area is close to the border and the rescue team found none of them at the scene. However they are still pursuing them (attackers),” said Mr Shisia.

He said the rescue team has managed to pull the vehicle to Elwak KDF camp as the situation normalises.

Speaking during Jamhuri Day celebrations on Saturday, Mr Shisia said the latest attack occurred in an area under Isis Al Shabaab group that is hunting for recruits from Kenya.