Monday, June 02, 2014



Police have gunned down two suspected terrorists at a road barrier near Mandera town. According to the police, the two were on a mission to carry out deadly attack within the border town. 

Confirming the incident to the Standard, the Mandera County police Commander Noah Mwivanda said, the police recovered eight hand grenades from their vehicle as the third suspect escaped unhurt. Our officers acting on a tip off from residents waylaid the suspect a head on a road they were to use on their way to the town. The officers erected a temporary roadblock where the suspects were cornered, he said. 

On reaching the police road barrier at Shafshafey village, the terrorists who defied an order to stop hurled three hand grenades at our officers. But our officers engaged them in a fierce gun fight, killing two of them instantly, he added. The officers towed the Probox vehicle to the Mandera police station, where upon searching 8 hand grenades clandestinely wrapped in polythene bags were recovered.

These terrorists were on serious mission to harm innocent Kenyans and destroy their hard earn property. If they would have entered our town undetected today we would have been talking of a massive deaths and destruction, he explained. 

The county police boss said, they suspect the gunned down terrorists were youth recruited from the county and used by the Al-Qaeda inspired Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab to carry out explosive attacks against Kenyans in the North-Eastern region.