Five policemen injured in Yumbis Al-Shabaab attack

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Security officers patrol the Kenya-Somalia border. At least five policemen were injured after

At least five policemen were injured after Al-Shabaab militants ambushed their vehicles at Yumbis in Fafi Sub-County, Garissa County.

The police officers were in a convoy of four vehicles heading to Yumbis hours after their colleagues were injured in another attack on Monday afternoon.

Jarajila Ward Rep Mahat Osman said the policemen managed to get to Yumbis, where they spent the night.

However, there were conflicting reports on the number of policemen injured in the attack even as the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit posted a tweet alluding that President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message of condolence to families of police officers killed in the attack.

The tweet was, however, deleted, with the Director of Digital Communications Dennis Itumbi apologising for the error.

Mr Osman said at least eight policemen were injured in the attack with Inspector General of Police Mr Joseph Boinnet stated five were injured.

A post on the Interior Ministry Twitter page said only one policeman was injured.

Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda said five police officers out of the 30 deployed to Yumbis were injured.

He said the vehicles were burnt by the militants after the officers disembarked and pursued them on foot.

Inspector-General of Police Mr Joseph Boinnet said in a statement on Tuesday that five policemen were injured and five police vehicles burnt in the attack.

Source:Daily Nation