Four civilians, including students, were killed on Tuesday morning in Saratho area, Dadaab, Garissa county, in a third Al Shabaab attack on Kenyan soil in a span of two weeks.
According to a press statement by the police, two suspected Al Shabaab militants were killed in the 2.30am incident.
One police officer and three children were injured during the shoot out with the attackers.
Deputy County Commissioner Kibet Bowen said among the dead were four students who were hit by stray bullets in the houses near the police camp.
“The criminal gang has targeted the nearby Telecommunications mast and in the process, 4 innocent lives were lost including that of a teacher and a small child before our team that was on border patrol responded and contained the situation,” police spokesperson Charles Owino said in a statement.
He said two AK-46 rifles and IED-making materials were recovered
Northeastern regional police commander Paul Soi confirmed the attack as well.
“I can confirm that there was an attack which happened early this morning where four civilians were killed and two militants were gunned down,” he said.