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22 Sep 2020 | 03:06 PM UTC

Kenya: Government troops clash with Al-Shabaab militants in Lafey (Mandera County) September 21

Kenya News Alert

Government forces clash with Al-Shabaab militants in Lafey (Mandera County) on September 21; further attacks likely in medium term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/24/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Mandera town (northeast), Lafey (Mandera County)

Event

Government forces clashed with Al-Shabaab militants who ambushed a military convoy in Lafey (Mandera County) on Monday, September 21. The attackers killed a security official and injured two others when they targeted the convoy, which was traveling on the Lafey to El-Wak road. At least five militants were killed in the ensuing exchange of fire before the attackers fled the scene.

Similar attacks are possible in Mandera County over the near term.

Context

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 communications infrastructure have also frequently been targeted.

Advice

Those in Mandera County are advised to monitor developments, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Due to the risk of Al-Shabaab attacks, many Western governments have advised against travel to counties along Kenya's border with Somalia.

 

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