WARNING: Some images are gory.
Ghastly images of Kenyans who have been killed in the Mandera attack have been shared with us. According to police sources, at least 14 people were killed and 10 others injured after suspected Al-Shabaab militia attacked a village near Mandera town.Fourteen people were shot to death last night in another suspected al Shabaab attack in Mandera.
The 14, a mother and 11 stonemasons, died in a night of fierce shooting and explosions.
Heavily armed men are reported to have crossed from Somalia at Barwaqo settlement around midnight on Monday.
“They attacked the two houses the quarry workers were residing, killed 13 and one mother and later placed IED (improvised explosive devices) presumably for the soldiers who would come to the scene,” County commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo, said on Tuesday morning.
Their employer rented the house for them near an animal market in Mandera, where the stonemasons return to sleep, as they were prohibited from living near the quarry.
One quarry worker registered his frustrations over security lapses in the region. “We are not safe at quarry site, not safe at our place of residents, where is safety. Where is security? Our government is very doing little to protect us for insurgents,” John Omolo said.
Ole Nkoyo said an intelligence report indicates the attackers were 17 in number. Five other people have been injured in the shoot out and are now nursing gun shot wounds at Mandera General Hospital.
Mandera township MCA Feisal Abdinoor who was at the scene through out the night said the bloodshed of innocent Kenyans has to stop. Region security co-ordinator Mohamed Salah who was in the region last month, stressed the need for the public to share information with the police.
Insurgents pass the porous Somali – Kenya border, execute their cold-blooded killings sprees and dash back to Somalia. The killings took place metres away from the KDF military camp. This comes weeks after nine other people were killed in inter-clan war in Mandera County.
Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo confirmed the attack which happened at 1am in Soko Mbuzi village.Â According to the commissioner, the attackers struck when the villagers were sleeping.
They are said to have planted grenades on the doors but most of the people were sleeping in tents outside their houses due to the hot weather.