Kenya offcial: 1 soldier dies, 2 wounded by Islamic rebels

2015-12-14 09:50
A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

A Somali Islamist insurgent takes position in a street of the Tarbunka area of Mogadishu. Shabaab insurgents are responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians. (AFP, File picture)

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Mandera- A Kenyan official says Somalia's Islamic extremist insurgents al-Shabaab have ambushed an army truck killing one soldier and wounding two.

Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said on Sunday the soldiers were travelling to Mandera town, in Kenya's north, from Nairobi when they were ambushed by al-Shabaab fighters between Elwak and Lafey towns.

Shesia said the area of attack is close to Kenya's border with Somalia making it easy for the attackers to move back into Somalia before Kenyan military reinforcements arrived at the scene.

Kenya has experienced a wave of retaliatory attacks by al-Shabaab since it sent its troop to Somalia to fight the extremists in 2011.

Al-Shabaab militants were responsible for attack on a university in eastern Kenya this year which killed 147 people, many of them students.

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