Somali militants kill 2 police during extended raid on Kenyan town

By REUTERS
July 5, 2017 18:02
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Somali al Shabaab militants killed two police officers on Wednesday during a raid on a northeastern Kenyan town that sparked a day-long gunbattle, a police official said, the latest in a spate of militant attacks on Kenyan security services.

Al Shabaab gunmen attacked the police station in the town of Pandanguo in the coastal district of Lamu around 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), forcing villagers to flee, according to residents. The area is near Kenya's long, porous border with Somalia.

The militants raided a dispensary for drugs and houses for food items, clothes and other valuables, witnesses said. Smoke could be seen rising from the village later in the day.

In July 2014, more than 60 militants attacked the same village, torched houses and stole drugs at the same dispensary.

By 4 p.m., the gunbattle was still continuing and the militants had destroyed a phone mast, police said.

"I can confirm two police officers have lost their lives in the attack in Pandanguo in Lamu but the police are still currently fighting the militants," said George Kinoti, Kenya's national police spokesman.

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