Published On: Sat, Apr 1st, 2017

KDF in pursuit of militants who hijacked Govt vehicle

Armed men said to belong to terror group al-Shabaab have hijacked a vehicle belonging to Kenya Power.

The vehicle was hijacked at Elwak town near the Kenya-Somalia border on Thursday, March 30.

Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Peter Karanja confirmed the incident. Karanja said the vehicle was attacked by two men who ambushed the driver as we was coming from work.

‘Two armed men emerged from the tickets and waved down the vehicle before pulling out the driver who was the only occupant as they took control,” the commissioner is quoted by the Daily Nation.

The driver was later dumped unhurt at the outskirts of the town by the militants who escaped into Somalia.

Kenya Defence Force (KDF) with the assistance of the Somali National Army (SNA) have launched a military operation to locate the vehicle and the suspects.

On Wednesday, March 29, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery extended the curfew imposed in Mandera by a further 3 months.

The curfew extension will remain effective until June 28. The curfew was first imposed on October 27, 2016 after al-Shabaab militants killed at least 12 people at a guest house in the town.

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