Police foil Al-Shabaab’s attempt to lead imam into Kenya mosque
NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyan police thwarted an attempt by Somalia-based al-Shabaab militants to lead an imam in one of the mosques in Konton village in Wajir sub-county in the nation’s northeast. Horn of Africa.
Reports say that militants stormed the mosque and took hostage around 40 worshipers who were present. The gang ordered them out and tried to lead them through a thicket towards the nearby Somali-Kenya border.
According to police records, their target was the imam who also serves as a reservist for the national police and who then led prayers. It was during the process that shots were fired, forcing the gang to abandon their mission and escape.
Wajir County Police Commander Hilary Toroitich confirmed the incident saying no injuries were reported. “We sent reinforcements to help hunt down the gang,” he said.
The area has been a focal point as gangs have in the past kidnapped government officials and killed them without making a request. Chief was killed in 2019 in the region after a kidnapping.
Al Shabaab terrorists are behind the series of incidents that have blocked operations. Three Al Shabaab terrorists were killed on Saturday by a bomb they were planning, which accidentally exploded in a village in Damasa, Mandera County.
Police said the incident took place in the village of Nus Dariq outside of Damasa in Kenya. The bodies of the terrorists were discovered long after the incident.
Government officials in Mandera County, for example, in June 2021 halted their vehicle traffic due to the increase in terrorism-related incidents in the region. There are fears of further attacks after residents reported seeing more gunmen roaming separate locations as they planned to strike.
Elsewhere in Somalia, the Somali National Army [SNA] and regional Southwest State forces killed several Alshabab operatives during planned security operations in El-Doon, Yaqle, Saydheliw, Ayroble. Asha-gabo, Magurto and Buloburte-Jadid in the district of Baidoa, Monday.
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