Kenya police kill 4 suspected extremists at Somali border

Kenya deployed troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabab, which is waging an insurgency against Somalia's weak UN-backed government threatening instability in the region.

By: AP | Nairobi | Published:November 20, 2016 4:43 pm
kenya-extremist-attack-759 A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. A Kenyan official says a number of people were killed in the extremist attack and that gunmen from the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab are suspected of carrying out the attack. (AP Photo)

A Kenyan official says police officers killed four suspected extremists at the Somali border, a region hard-hit by recent attacks by the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said today that police killed the men while ambushing a group of about 20 suspected members of a cell of al-Shabab militants on Saturday.

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Saleh says the group allegedly was planning an attack on a police station. He says police recovered four rifles and Somali army military jackets.

Al-Shabab, the al-Qaeda affiliate in East Africa, has vowed retribution on Kenya for its troop presence in Somalia. Kenya deployed troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabab, which is waging an insurgency against Somalia’s weak UN-backed government threatening instability in the region.