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.