Kenya: Al Shabaab conducts daring raid on Garissa villages

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Fighters loyal to the Somali Al Shabaab militia group have raided three villages in Kenya’s northern Eastern region in a hunt for local government officials, residents and the Interior Ministry said Friday.

The Al Shabaab raided the village of Yumbis in Ijara, Garissa County, where its supporters hoisted a flag and burnt houses before a joint security operation, comprising soldiers and policemen, forced the militia to flee after nearly 12 hours.

They also raised Welmareer and Damajale, 70 km outside Garissa town, the provincial headquarters.

“The security forces thwarted an attempted attack at Yumbis village, Ijara by the suspected Al Shabaab militants,” Interior Ministry Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka said in a statement.

“The gang of armed militants was sighted at around 6 pm East African time Thursday by villagers who alerted the security forces,” Njoka added.

Before the arrival of security agencies, the militants took control of the village and raised their black flag at a Police post. They also gave sermons to the local population, warning them against cooperating with the Kenyan government.

Yumbis incident came after another incident in Hulugho, near the Somalia border with Kenya, where the militants seized a mosque and forced the congregation to listen to their sermons against Kenyan authorities.

“The government commends the members of the public for taking pro-active action to report the sighting of these ugus - a name given to the Al Shabaab by the Somali government referring to the group that massacres people - and urges Kenyans to continue collaborating with the security agents,” Njoka said.

There were no casualties in the latest raids by the militias.

Local residents said the terrorists appeared to have carried out proper surveillance before the raid on Yumbis.

“They were looking for all government workers including the area chief and the home guards who are locals,” a local resident told PANA from Ijara.

The Kenyan government imposed a curfew in Garissa and Lamu counties after an attack on the Garissa University, which left 152 people dead, on 2 April.
-0- PANA AO/SEG 22May2015

22 mai 2015 12:16:12

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