Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters killed a police officer and wounded three others in an attack on a police camp in Garissa county on Wednesday night, July 22. The militants also destroyed a communications mast and buildings in the attack at the Yumbis Rural Border Patrol Unit police camp. They also detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting security personnel responding to the attack, but the device was detonated prematurely.
Additional security forces were deployed in response to the attack and a heightened security presence is expected in the area over the near term. Further clashes are possible in the coming days.
Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant terrorist threat in areas along Kenya's border with Somalia. Since the Kenyan intervention against the group in Somalia in 2011, attacks have regularly been staged on security forces, government interests, and local communities in rural areas of the border counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Lamu. Many of these attacks have involved the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) targeting security forces patrols and civilian vehicles on remote border roads, but police outposts and infrastructure have also frequently been targeted.
Individuals in Garissa county are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Due to various security concerns, many Western governments have advised against travel to a number of regions in the country, including areas bordering Somalia (parts of Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, and Lamu counties), Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Nonessential travel to the city of Mombasa and several Nairobi neighborhoods (including Eastleigh and Pangani) is also advised against.
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