Al Shabaab gunmen kill 20 Kenyan police officials

  • Reuters, Nairobi
  • Updated: May 26, 2015 17:14 IST

At least 20 Kenyan police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspectgunmen in a village in the eastern county of Garissa on Tuesday. The Standard and Daily Nation newspapers said the officers were killed in Yumbis village, 70 km (45 miles) north of the town of Garissa, on Monday evening.

Four of their vehicles burnt when their vehicle hit a landmine earlier that day and they had gone to the rescue of colleagues wounded. Kenyan media reported that at least 20 officers could have been killed in the attack. Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi confirmed there had been an attack in Yumbis, but said more details would be available later. Other government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last week, al Shabaab gunmen attacked Yumbis and hoisted their flag on a mosque where they held prayers before heading to another nearby village. Al Shabaab, which has carried out several attacks to try to force Nairobi to withdraw its troops from Somalia, attacked a university in the same area last month and killed 148 people.

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