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Gunmen Kill Kenyan Official In North-east

Posted: Jun 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Suspected members of the Somali al-Shabab terror group have shot dead a Kenyan government administrator in the country’s restive northeast, police said Sunday.

A local chief in Wajir, which is close to the Somali border, Mohamed Barre Abdullahi, was shot dead after evening prayers at a mosque on Saturday, officials said.

“The assailants trailed him to the mosque before taking cover to wait for him as he was praying. They then followed him until he was a short distance away from the place of worship, before pulling the trigger,” the local county police commander, Samuel Mukindia, told newsmen.

Authorities believe the attack was carried out by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, which has stepped up operations in Kenya’s northeastern border region, including drawing up an alleged “hit list” of local government officials who have spoken out against the group, branding them “agents of infidels”.

Three days before the latest attack, the Kenyan government lifted a two-month dusk-to-dawn curfew in the region bordering war-torn Somalia, to mark the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan, which has usually been characterised by more attacks by the terror group.