Suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen have attacked a police station in Yumbis, Fafi sub-county, Garissa.
Reports reveal that the gunmen gained access to the police station through using explosives at around 6 PM, on July, 22nd.
Gunmen open fire indiscriminately
After the heavy explosions, gunfire followed, as soldiers and police joined forces to combat the raiding militants.
“A loud exposion was heard at about 6 PM. Yumbis RBPU under heavy gun attack,” a police report says
Confirming the report, Northeastern Regional Commander, Rono Bunei, stated that Modika military camp had come to their aid.
Rono did not reveal further details of the incident, stating that they would issue a comprehensive statement on the matter later.
One officer dead, three injured
However, according to the People Daily, the militants shot dead one officer in the attack, while three more suffered injuries. The three were rushed to the IRC Hospital in Hagadare before they were transferred to Garissa Referral.
Other sources state that the militants destroyed communication masts in the area as they went on to carry their raid.
Al-Shabaab militants often destroy communication masts in their attacks and could be behind the current attack.
Militants declare assault on Kenya soil
Last year, the Somalia-based terror outfit attacked the same police station on June 22nd. The police station had 20 officers, with reports stating that eight of the police died in the attack. The police, in response, killed three of the militants.
In 2015, reports said that the militants also took over the Yumbis village for a few hours and even hoisted the Al-Shabaab flag in a police station in the area. However, Kenya police denied the allegations.
Al-Shabaab has, since 2011 after Kenya went into Somalia under ‘Operation Linda Nchi’, launched an assault in Kenya.
In January last year, the militants launched a bold attack on a hotel in Nairobi which left 21 people dead.