Two Kenyans dead in Al Shabaab attacks in Mandera

Somali rebel group Al-Shabaab claims to have shot and killed a Kenyan government chief late on Monday in Mandera County while a Kenyan construction worker was slain in a suspected bomb attack today.

The group’s military operations spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab

said that its fighters burst into the chief’s house in northeast Kenya and shot him dead. The slain official has been identified as Dekow Abbey Sirat.

Al-Shabaab claims some of his body guards were also killed and others were injured, adding that they seized weapons in the raid as well.

The assassination took place in Omar Jillo, one of several Kenyan border towns under a dusk-to-dawn curfew over insecurity linked to Al-Shabaab.

“He (Dekow Abbey Sira) was our main target and we succeeded to kill him in Mandera,” Abu Musab added.

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Separately, Kenya’s Daily Nation and Standard newspapers report that a bomb planted on a road at Qoobo Village in Elwak, Mandera struck a vehicle killing a land surveyor working with a local construction company.

In addition to this week’s attacks, last week two quarry workers were killed in Elwak, Mandera. North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh told The Standard newspaper that militants have been observing and timing government vehicle routes to know when to plant bombs.

Al-Shabaab has vowed to continue attacks against Kenya until Nairobi pulls out its troops from an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.