Al-Shabaab militants overrun Kenyan police outpost
Over 100 al-Shabaab militants attacked and overpowered a Kenyan police station on Saturday, the latest in a series of attacks by the Somalia-based militant group.
Police confirmed that the early-morning attack took place in the north-eastern town of Wajir, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the porous Kenya-Somalia border.
Confirming the attack, Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett told local media that his officers at Diff Police Station put up a strong fight but were forced aside by the militants who looted weapons and ammunition.
The attack comes after the al-Qaeda affiliate released a propaganda video on attacks on police in Kenya on Wednesday during Eid celebrations.
In the 38-minute video the militants can be seen lying in wait to ambush police vehicles in Lamu County, Kenya. The rebels manage to hijack a number of vehicles, burning those damaged in the firefight before using the others to proceed into Kenya, masquerading as police officers.
On July 1 in Mandera, northern Kenya, the militants also ambushed two Nairobi-bound buses killing six people, including a police officer. This occurred in the same area where, on June 20, the militants blew up a police vehicle, killing five officers.