‘Be prepared for abundance of blood’

Nairobi – Kenyan authorities say militants from the same extremist group that took over a Nairobi mall have attacked a security post near the Somali border, killing two police officers.

This follows a threat from al-Shabaab in a message late yesterday that if Kenyan troops remain in Somalia, Kenyans must “be prepared for an abundance of blood”.

The attack early today was the second by al-Shabaab militants following the bloody four-day standoff at the Westgate mall that ended Tuesday in which at least 67 people were killed.

Regional police chief Charlton Mureithi says the militants’ attack in the town of Mandera also resulted in three police officers being injured and 11 vehicles being destroyed.

However, Reuters reported that the interior ministry blamed the attack on “criminals”.

Yesterday night, militants attacked the border town of Wajir. One person was killed and four wounded after a gunman opened fire and threw grenades.


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