Eight, including five policemen, killed in Kenya attack

A government official says unknown gunmen killed eight people, including five policemen, in an ambush in eastern Kenya.

AP Updated: Dec 11, 2013, 02:26 AM IST

Nairobi: A government official says unknown gunmen killed eight people, including five policemen, in an ambush in eastern Kenya.

Samuel Arachi, deputy inspector general of police, said today the eight died when a police car was sprayed with bullets 9 kilometers (5 miles) from the Kenya-Somalia border.

Kenya`s border area with Somalia has suffered attacks on government officials and non-Somali civilians since Oct. 2011 when Kenya sent troops into Somalia to fight the Islamic extremist al-Shabab rebels.
Al-Shabab, which is fighting Somalia`s western-backed government, has vowed to retaliate against Kenya`s military incursion. The group claimed responsibility for the Sept. 21 terror attack on a Nairobi mall in which at least 67 people died.

Musa Yego, the criminal investigations chief in Garissa County, said al-Shabab is suspected of carrying out today`s attack.