Al Shabaab Raid Mandera Police Station

The three officers who escaped with multiple injuries were reportedly injured by flying bomb pellets.

On Monday, suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked Mandera’s Elram base, which is about 10 kilometers from the Somalia border, injuring three Anti-Stock Theft Unit officers.

According to police, the heavily armed militants used six high explosive bombs and PKM rifles in a daring daytime raid around 3 p.m.

The three officers who escaped with multiple injuries were reportedly injured by flying bomb pellets.

“The attack lasted for about thirty minutes after being repulsed by a fierce exchange of fire from the section which was just out on foot patrols,” read a police report.

In order to reinforce the ASTU personnel, a KDF jet fighter from Wajir was dispatched to the area.

The officers who were injured were scheduled to be airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

The attack came two weeks after three people narrowly escaped death when their vehicle collided with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack in Mandera’s Wargadud area.

According to police, the victims escaped with minor injuries during the incident, which occurred at Dadach Qatarow on the Wargadud-Takaba road between Ires Kinto and Domog.

Shaban Maalim Alio, 36, suffered a broken left leg; Abdiwahid Gabow Alio, 29, suffered a broken right leg; and Mayow Hussein, 33, was said to have bruises on both hands and legs as well as neck and chest pains.

“It was established that a m/v reg KAK 928N Toyota Landcruiser double white in colour with a green canvas belonging to frontier construction company was being driven from Takaba towards Wargadud and upon reaching the site it ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED),” police said on Friday.

Following the attack, the vehicle was partially burned from the front, severely damaging the engine.

Due to their proximity to Somalia, the Al Shabaab militants’ operating base, counties in Kenya’s northeastern region have borne the brunt of the militant attacks.

In recent years, the terror group has primarily targeted security personnel, civil servants, and passenger vehicles in the region, shifting their strategy from direct engagements with security agencies to guerilla-like tactics such as IED planting along routes and attacks on security installations and infrastructure such as communication masts.