Three non-locals kidnapped by suspected Shabaab in Mandera

Unidentified gunmen suspected be to be al-Shabaab have abducted three non-locals in Mandera town, the latest series of attack in the town near Kenya-Somalia border.

The three were travelling to Lafey from Mandera town aboard a bus. On reaching a remote area between Fino and Sheikh Barrow, the abductors stopped the bus driver at gunpoint.

The militants entered the bus, ordered all the passengers out and separated the locals from non-locals.

The locals were allowed back onto the bus and proceeded with their journey. However, three non-locals were left on the ground and the militants fled with them on foot towards Somalia.

Kenya has deployed hundreds of security officers to track down suspected al Shabaab militants.

Kenya’s northeastern region has been borne the brunt of grenade and gun attacks in the last several years since Kenya took its troops to Somalia to fight the al-Shabaab group.

Al-Shabaab group has been attacking areas along Kenya-Somalia border while targeting mostly non- locals working in the region.

Many people, majority of them non- locals have as a result lost their lives with others left with permanent injuries.

The group vowed to continue staging attacks on Kenya’s soil until the East Africa nation withdraws from Somalia

Kenya had sent its troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab following several attacks in Kenya’s coastal region allegedly conducted by the terror group.

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