Gunmen kill 2 policemen in Kenya

2012-11-16 15:41

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Nairobi - Gunmen shot dead two police officers in the north eastern Kenyan town of Garissa Friday, police said, just days after an ambush in a different part of the country in which 42 policemen were killed.

"Two police officers have been killed. They were on patrol when gunmen shot at them and fled," a senior police officer who visited the scene said.

"Their guns were taken ... we suspect Shebaab militia," he added, referring to Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked fighters.
Area police chief chief Philip Tuimur confirmed the incident but did not elaborate.

Last weekend, an ambush on Kenyan police left 42 officers dead as they hunted cattle thieves in Baragoi, a remote district in Kenya's arid north. It was the deadly ever attack on the police.

Kenya has suffered a wave of grenade and gun attacks, often blamed on Shebaab sympathisers and sometimes aimed at police targets, since its army went into Somalia last year to flush out the Islamist fighters.

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