Al Shabaab says briefly captured town in Kenya
Heavily armed Fighters with the Al Qaeda-linked Al shabaab have attacked Haluqa, which is located in the outskirts of the border town of Garissa on Tuesday afternoon, according to local resident.
Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack in northeast Kenya, saying its fighters have targeted Safaricom’s building in Haluqa and detained several staff members who were taken to inside Somalia.
According to According to a report by pro-al shabaab media outlets, the militants have detonated grenade bombs at Safaricom’s offices in Haluqa, and destroyed assets before abducting its employees.
Reports from Garissa country indicate that Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) who are stationed outside Haluqa area did respond to the Al Shabaab attack.
Garissa county officials did not immediately comment on the Al Shabaab attack in Haluqa.
Kenyan security officers have recently announced they had intensified security in the border areas, to prevent such cross-border attacks by the Somalia-based Al Shabaab militants.