News 13 january — 20:50

Al-Shabaab kill 3 teachers in Kenya, near Somali border

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Three teachers from Garissa county which borders Somalia in Kenya were killed by al-Shabaab militants, affiliated with Somalia-based al-Qaeda, authorities confirmed on Monday.

The militants who crossed to Kenya from Somalia through the porous border also attacked a police station and tried to destroy telecommunications equipment, but they were warded off by the police.

A statement from the Kenya police headquarters noted that “armed AS (al-Shabaab) militia attacked Kamuthe primary school, Kamuthe police post, a telecommunications mast and murdered three teachers.”

“The militants set the police camp on fire and further tried to bring down the communication mast located about 300 meters away, the telecommunications mast is partially damaged but operational. Security agencies are pursuing the attackers. More information to follow.”

The three male teachers killed were all non-locals. Previously, al-Shabaab have been known to target Christian teachers who are posted in northern Kenya.

The militants spared local female residents who were accompanying the three teachers. Locals who survived the ordeal also confirmed it to the local media.

In November 2014, al-Shabaab militants killed 28 Kenyan teachers going on holiday to the capital Nairobi after separating Muslims in Mandera, a town bordering Wajir county.

On Dec. 2, 2014, 36 Christian quarry workers were killed in Mandera county by militants, prompting the government to heighten security along the border.

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