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BY CORRESPONDENT,MANDERA,2ND MARCH 2018-Five police officers have been killed and three others seriously injured after suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked two security camps at Fino in Mandera County Thursday night.
According to Lafey Deputy County Commissioner Eric Oronyi who confirmed the attacks ,the 1am attack targeted both Kenya Police and Administration Police camps in Fino town.
“There was an attack on the two security camps at Fino and, as we speak, five officers are dead and three others injured,” he said.
Mr Oronyi said the attackers, numbering between 70 and 100, arrived on foot.
The attackers vandalized communication masts belonging to Safaricom company in Lafey town, in a move aimed at cutting down communication between the officers and their bosses, before storming the camps.
“We suspect they divided themselves into three groups that aimed at AP and Kenya Police camps, and the communication mast,” he said.
He said the Kenya Police Reservists who guard the communication mast were overpowered by the heavily armed attackers.
“The communication mast (that was) being guarded by the police reservists was bombed and at the moment there is no (mobile phone) communication in Fino,” he said.
At the Kenya Police camp, three policemen sustained injuries and they were awaiting to be airlifted to Nairobi for specialised treatment on Friday morning.
The county commissioner also said the attackers also burned down several police houses in both camps.
Fino ward MCA Saad Sheikh Ahmed blamed senior security officials for the attack.
“We have asked the North Eastern regional coordinator to establish a military camp in this town but he is too slow to act. The military would have help avert the attack,” he said.
The MCA said the damage caused was huge, and that locals had been “plunged into darkness” after bombing of the mast.
“At Fino, locals depend on communication for business but now Safaricom is no more,” he said.
The MCA said locals are opposed to erection of more police camps in the area and want a military camp that has sophisticated weaponry.