At least eight non-locals have been killed in Wajir After al-Shabaab fighters attacked bus heading to Mandera town.
The attack happened at 5pm on Friday evening inb betweenKotulo and Wargadud in Tarbaj subcounty, Wajir county after al-Shabaab fighters flagged down the bus.
According to the passengers, the fighters stopped Medina bus before ordering the occupants out and allegedly separated the passengers.
Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik who spoke to a local newspaper, The Star said that all the nonlocals on the bus were killed.
“Yes, I can confirm that the attack indeed occurred and we lost eight innocent lives of Kenyans. It is unfortunate that al Shabaab has perfected the art of killing innocent souls. It is devilish and sad that their thirst for the blood of innocent Kenyans persists,” he said.
Lafey MP Abdi Mude speaking to the star on phone regretted that the lives of innocent Kenyans were once again being lost in the hands of the militants.
“On behalf of the leadership of Mandera I wish to condemn in no uncertain terms the unfortunate and heinous act of killing innocent Kenyans.
He called on Kenyan government to investigate the security lapse that caused the attack.
“The government must come out clean to explain why such buses are not accorded escort as the area is vulnerable and within reach of the terrorists. the government must take full responsibly to save the lives of those innocent Kenyans,” he said.
In a statement posted on its affiliate online media, al-Shabaab media claimed the responsibility for the attack saying its fighters killed Christians in Northeastern Kenya.