Al-Shabaab kill chief in Kenya's north; 2 police missing

(File : AFP)
(File : AFP)

Nairobi - A Kenyan official says gunmen suspected to be al-Shabaab Islamic extremists have killed an administrative chief in an attack in Kenya's north that left two Kenya police reservists missing

Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said Tuesday the attack took place in Omar Jillo in Mandera County Monday night.

Omar Jillo is among towns in the area under dusk to dawn curfew over insecurity caused by the al-Qaida linked affiliated al-Shabab militants. The other towns are Mandera, Arabia, Fino, Lafey Kotulo and Elwak.

Mandera is next to the Somali border and has been hardest hit in recent years by an al-Shabab campaign to avenge Kenyan troop presence in Somalia since 2011. Kenya's troops are part of the African Union force in Somalia helping the fragile central government counter al-Shabab's insurgency.

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