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As Kenyan security forces clash with al-Shabab suspects, 2 killed

NAIROBI, Kenya – News report from East Africa say two people were killed and an unknown number injured in clashes between Kenyan security forces and Somali Islamic militants in the northeastern county of Mandera.  The clashes occurred on Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

Mohamed Birik, North Eastern Regional Commissioner, confirmed the clashes.  He said the two killed in Dawaduba, Fino in Mandera County were one al-Shabab suspect and one Kenyan National Police Reservist.

Birik said the well-planned security operation was aimed at flushing out the gunmen from their hideout within Kenya. He added that it is believed that many other al-Shabab fighters escaped with bullet wounds and that the operation is ongoing.

The gunmen had crossed the border and camped inside Kenya to carry out terror attacks on unspecified locations, but the security forces received intelligence of their presence and moved there, according to local authorities.

The battle lasted into Monday midnight amid fears of more casualties. Local security said the operation is underway in the area which has experienced a lull of attacks since the beginning of Ramadan due to a heavy security presence.

Fino in Mandera County is about 6km from the main Kenya-Somalia border. The area has faced a number of attacks from the militants who targeted communication masts, several of which have been destroyed in a bid to cut police off from an immediate response.

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.

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