Eight Kenyan Police Officers Killed in Attack

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

Residents carry the remains of a killed Kenyan Officer

Residents carry the remains of a killed Kenyan Officer

According to international reports, eight Kenyan policemen were killed in the eastern part of the country on Sunday, June 17, 2018 after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device planted by Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s government, establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law, and drive out of the country peacekeepers deployed by the African Union.

The militants frequently launch attacks in neighboring Kenya to pressure it to withdraw its troops from the international peacekeeping force.

Charles Owino, Kenya’s police spokesman reported to news services that five administration police and three reservists were killed. Owino reported that they were killed, “while protecting our borders and security of the county.”

Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, said the group killed 10 Kenyan soldiers in the attack.

Earlier this month, five Kenyan police officers were killed in a similar attack in the same region.

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