One killed in Kenya town attack


Al Shabaab militants killed at least one person and destroyed a telecom mast in an attack on Fafi in north-eastern Kenya, Kenyan officials and the militants said.

The attack was the latest in a series of raids by the group that has killed more than a dozen Kenyan police officers in recent weeks.

A local official, Yasin Shabel, said at least one person, a teacher, was abducted on Wednesday and later killed by heavily armed attackers.
“The abducted teacher was killed some distance away from Fafi. His body has been recovered,” Shabel told Reuters.

Al Shabaab, through its spokesman for military operations Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, said it killed two policemen in the Wednesday attack and carried out another attack on a convoy of security vehicles headed to Fafi on Thursday. He said they captured two police vehicles.

Police were not immediately available for comment.

Al Shabaab says it is fighting because Kenya sent troops into Somalia in 2011, after a string of attacks and kidnappings on Kenyan soil.

The Kenyan soldiers are in Somalia as part of a 22,000-strong peacekeeping force intended to shore up the weak UN-backed government.