Armed bandits wound Kenyan border security officer

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A policeman was seriously injured Wednesday when heavily armed bandits staged a surprise daylight assault on Liboi police station close to the Kenya-Somalia border.
The injured policeman, who was hit by a bullet below the Chest, was rushed to the Garissa government hospital, where he was admitted with the bullet still lodged in one of his lungs.
Garissa medical superintendent Peter Mbugua told PANA on telephone that the injured policeman was Thursday morning flown to Nairobi for specialised treatment.
The late afternoon attack took the Kenyan security men by surprise, as it occurred at a time when security had been beefed up following Nairobi's recent ban on population movements between the two countries.
North-eastern provincial police boss, Moses Lubasia, told PANA by telephone from Garissa, 374 km north-east of Nairobi, that the bandits, believed to have crossed the border from Somalia, engaged the Kenyan security men for 30 minutes before they were eventually repulsed.
He said that the assailants armed with sophisticated weapons later escaped on foot and were being tracked down by a combined force of regular and administration policemen.
Lubasia said the government was mobilising extra security personnel to comb the entire area in a bid to flush out the attackers.
Two years ago, an armed group backing one Somali warlord had attacked Liboi border police station.

20 september 2001 09:27:00

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