Civilian killed in crossfire between al-Shabaab and police in Mandera

At least one civilian has died and another one was injured after being caught up in a fierce battle between Al Shabaab militants and Kenya security officers in Mandera county near Kenya-Somalia border.

The attack took place on Friday in Wako Dadacha, Banisa came after al-Shabaab fighters stormed the village, prompting hours long fighting.

The injured person who was a woman, escaped the crossfire with gunshot injuries in the head.

Speaking to the media, Mandera Governor Ali Roba who confirmed the incident the armed al-Shabaab fighters were drove away by the security forces.

He said the security situation in Mandera had worsened in recent weeks, challenging security agencies to scale up operations to flush out terror cells in the county.

The governor noted that 126 primary schools in the county were unable to reopen on January 4 due to insecurity challenges.

Governor Roba said the failure by the Teachers Service Commission to deploy teachers following a mass exodus of non-local tutors from the county had exacerbated the situation.

He added that all major roads serving the county were under Al Shabaab’s control who often attack public service vehicles and abduct people. Communication masts have also been destroyed by the militants.

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