BY CORRESPONDENT,MANDERA,11TH SEPT 2017- Mandera town is under heightened security after Al-Shabaab attacked and chased police officers out of Bullahawa, a neigbouring township in Somalia.
UPESINEWS.CO.KE has establsihed that 6 officers of Somalia National Army and 12 civilians were injured in the overnight battle that lasted for over five hours.
Gunfire rent the Mandera town air from 5am to 7am as Kenya police battled to ward off a spillover of the siege on Bullahawa.
The two border towns are separated by a strip of shops and they meet at some point.
The probable frontline was exempted from the boundary Kenya is erecting to stop Al-Shabaab incursion from its war-wracked neighbour.
Seven Somalia National Army (SNA) officers and 12 civilians, including a six-year-old boy, were admitted to private hospitals in Mandera on Monday morning following the clash.
Most of them suffered gunshot wounds according to doctors attending to them.