Suspected al Shabaab gunmen kill Kenyan official


Gunmen suspected of being fighters from Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group burst into a government official’s house in north-east Kenya and shot him dead, police said.

Four attackers in military fatigues struck in Mandera county, near the Somalia border where a string of al Shabaab raids have taken place in recent years.
“We suspect the attackers are militants since after the raid they escaped towards Somalia,” Edward Mwamburi, head of the north-eastern regional police force, told Reuters.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack on the administrator of the county’s Omar Jillo area. But the militant group has said it will continue to attack Kenya until Nairobi withdraws troops from an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Al Shabaab, seeking to impose its brand of Islam in Somalia, blew up part of a hotel in Mandera in October, killing at least 12 people.

It also killed 148 students in Garissa University in April 2015, its biggest attack in Kenya in decades.