World Bulletin / News Desk
Security forces killed two suspected rebels affiliated with Somalia's Al-Shabaab group on Friday during a failed attack on a power station in northern Kenya.
"Police accosted the militants. Two militants were killed. The rest, numbering roughly 30, managed to escape with gunshot wounds," local police commander Noah Mwavanda told Anadolu Agency.
The two rebels are believed to have crossed into Kenya from Somalia with the aim of attacking a power station in the northern town of Mandera.
Police recovered an AK-47 rifle, ammunition and several explosive devices.
Friday's attack came one day after another power plant was attacked in neighboring Wajir County.
Inspector-General of Police Davis Kimaiyo confirmed the twin operations.
"We are on alert in all three counties and have deployed more officers to Mandera and Wajir," Kimaiyo told AA.
Police have since launched investigations into both attacks.
Mandera and Wajir counties, whose inhabitants are ethnic Somalis, have been subject in the past to sporadic attacks by Al-Shabaab, whose training camps are located only kilometers from the Kenyan border.
Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks since its decision to send troops to Somalia in 2011.
Nairobi deployed troops to its troubled neighbor following a series of kidnappings of foreign tourists – many of whom were later executed by Al-Shabaab rebels – from the Kenyan coast.
Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for Nairobi's 2013 Westgate Mall attack, in which 67 people were killed.Last Mod: 03 Mayıs 2014, 09:43