5 officers killed in Kenya Al-Shabaab attack


Five Kenyan police officers are dead after their vehicle was attacked by members of the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group Wednesday.

The strike killed two terrorists and destroyed "one vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, preventing it from being used against the people in Mogadishu", the statement said.

The military's Africa Command said the strike took place 50km west of the capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Reports indicate that five Kenyan policemen were killed following an attack in the northeast of Mandera County near Somalia border.

The strike comes after the US urged its nonessential diplomatic personnel to evacuate Mogadishu after it warned of a potential threat.

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On Christmas Eve, the U.S. military launched a strike at Baal Rahao where about 300 militants were training and killed 13 of them.

Al-Shabab remains active in Somalia trying to overthrow the government and install a strict form of Islam.

The US carried out about 30 airstrikes against Al Shabaab in 2017, including a drone targeting the militant's training camp last month, which killed 100.

The U.S. military carried out more than 30 drone strikes past year against al-Shabab and fighters linked to the Islamic State group after the Trump administration approved expanded operations in the Horn of Africa nation.

The U.S. military has been supporting Somali forces and an African Union peacekeeping troop in their fight against al-Shabaab.