Gunmen Attack Kenyan Governor’s Convoy Near Somali Border


Gunmen reportedly attacked a convoy carrying a Kenyan state governor near the Somali border on Friday, leaving him unharmed but wounding several people who were close to the spot where Islamists launched a string of deadly attacks last year, the army and media said. Reuters have more:

Somali Islamist group al Shabaab said its fighters crossed into Kenya and killed four soldiers in an attack on a military convoy on Friday morning, without mentioning the governor.

“We killed four Kenyan soldiers. We burnt two military trucks and we also took one car from them,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters. Al Shabaab has vowed revenge attacks against Kenya after it sent troops into Somalia where they are battling the al Qaeda-linked group as part of an African Union peacekeeping force.

Musab said the convoy traveling between Mandera and Wajir, two northeastern Kenyan towns close to the porous border with Somalia. Kenya’s military said its forces had not been ambushed. “There was no attack (on a Kenya Defense Forces convoy), but there was an attack on the convoy of the governor of Mandera,” said David Obonyo, the Kenya Defense Force spokesman.