Gunmen kill two Kenyans along border with Somalia
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Gunmen on Monday killed two Kenyans who were ferrying miraa along a busy road near the border with Somalia.
government officials said that suspected Al-Shabaab militia attacked
two Landcruisers which were ferrying cargo to the border town of Liboi, a
few kilometers from Damajaley village, which was just attacked by the
same militia two weeks ago with killing of five people.
militia who had strategically located themselves around the bush opened
fire at the vehicles, killing two people instantly and seriously
injuring another. We are seriously pursuing them," Dadaab District
Commissioner Albert Kimathi told Xinhua by telephone.
Kimathi said that the vehicles were ambushed by the militants at noon.
said the militia, who took control of the vehicles, later abandoned
them a few kilometers away but escaped with the miraa worth millions of
There have been reported cases of carjacking and
killings along busy road with motorists and pedestrians being assaulted
and robbed by the militiamen-turned-highway robbers.
lawmaker Dr. Mohamed Dahire said it was unfortunate that lives continued
to be lost along the way as due to the government's slow response to
the emergency situations.
The incident comes just two weeks after
two other miraa ferrying vehicles was hijacked by suspected militia
along at Arabia trading centre along the Lafey-Mandera highway.
restive region of northern Kenya has bore the brunt of insecurity since
Kenya took its troops to Somalia to fight the Al- Shabaab group.
trend of the attacks particularly in northern Kenya which seemingly are
well coordinated since few suspects have been arrested has heightened
worries among Kenyans.
At least 30 security officers have been
killed and several attacks occurred in Nairobi, Mombasa, Mandera,
Garissa and Wajir counties.