Kenyans killed in al Shabaab gunfight


Four Kenyan civilians were killed in a gunfight when police engaged al Shabaab militants from Somalia who targeted a telecommunications transmission mast, police said in an internal report.

The United States sent more troops to Kenya to reinforce security after al Shabaab militants killed three Americans in an attack on Camp Simba in Manda Bay on Sunday.

An unknown number of militants fired at a mast belonging to Kenya’s leading operator Safaricom, police said. They also fired at police guarding the mast at a nearby patrol base.

“Officers manning the mast and the base with Special Forces were able to repulse them,” the police report said.

The raid took place in Garissa county, which neighbours Somalia. Attackers destroyed the door to the mast area but did not damage to the telecom network, police said.

“During the attack, four civilians lost their lives,” they said, without providing more detail. A team of police officers were pursuing the attackers, they said.