Five police officers were injured in an al-Shabaab attack on Thursday while on patrol.
According to police, one of the officers was shot in the forehead, while the other four were injured as they jumped out of their patrol vehicles to seek cover.
The officers were treated and discharged from the Elwak sub-county referral hospital.
According to a police report, the officers retaliated and were able to repel the attackers.
The were reinforced by officers from the Kenya Defence Forces and the GSU.
The officers were part of a multi-agency team that included the BPU, ASTU, CIPU, DCI, and General Duty.
“The team was led by the SCPC Mandera Central and on reaching at the scene, they were sprayed with bullets by suspected al Shabaab militias,” police said.
During the shootout, a bullet hit the grip and magazine of one of the officers’ pistols, destroying it.
“Station motor vehicle GK B 825W Toyota land cruiser had its rear screen shattered, exhaust pipe damaged, chassis shot on the left rear tyre area and a bullet hole on the rear roof rails,” the report said.
“ASTU motor vehicle GK B 934T Isuzu lorry was hit twice on the back rest rail.”