Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2016

Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police station

Al-Shabab Islamist militants say they are behind an attack on a police station in north-eastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia.

Some residents report that two police officers were injured in the raid on Hamey, which is not far from the town of Garissa, and many more cannot be accounted for.

The raid took place at about midnight local time.

An al-Shabab spokesman told the BBC that the insurgents killed six officers and captured two others.

The fighters were able to take over the entire police station as most of the officers ran away, al-Shabab said.

A vehicle and some arms were also stolen.

A journalist based in the Dadaab district said that one police officer who was injured in the attack is now being treated in Dadaab.

Al-Shabab has staged numerous attacks in Kenya, including the massacre at Garissa University in April 2015, in which 147 people were killed.

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