Death toll from Al Shabab attack in Mandera hits 12
The death toll from an overnight attack in Mandera town by Al Shabaab militants has risen to at least 12, while scores were wounded, according to officials and residents.
Al Shabaab has officially claimed the responsibility for Mandera attack, saying it targeted Kenyan infidels at Baisharo lodge, a small guest house in Mandera, which lies on the Kenyan-Somali border.
According to a statement posted on pro-al shabaab website, at least fifteen people were killed in the attack that took place at 2:30 A.M. local time. The attacks began with bombs followed by shootings.
Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander, said on Tuesday fighters from al-Shabab, the Somali armed group, were suspected of carrying out the attack on the Bisharo Guest House.
Mandera and other towns in the border have seen numerous deadly attacks by Al Shabaab since Kenyan troops crossed into Somalia in Oct, 2011 to wipe out the militants who kidnapped aid workers in its soil.