KDF foils attempted Al Shaabab attack in Garissa

KDF officers in Garissa have foiled an attempted attack by Al Shabaab militants on the KDF camp in Garissa.

A suspected Al-Shabaab militant was seriously injured  while his accomplice escaped after KDF engaged the militants in a fierce gun battle that lasted close to 30 minutes.

The 11 o’clock incident that threw Garissa town into panic two militants armed with AK 47 rifles and other assorted weapons tried to access entry into the KDF camp in Garissa town, but the KDF officers who were alert swiftly repulsed the militants.

KDF Spokesman Col. David Obonyo said during the exchange of fire, the armed militant escaped but his accomplice was badly injured and was arrested.

“The injured suspect has been taken to hospital. Soldiers are in pursuit of the suspect at large,” Col Obonyo said.

National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said following the attempted attack on the KDF camp, Police have enhanced security across the county. “the situation was under control,” said Kinoti.

Following the Tuesday, 11 am incident, business was completely paralyzed in Garissa town with shops being closed quickly.

KDF personnel are searching all vehicles living and entering the town and screening the public.

The infamous suk mukdi (black market) was also affected as traders hurriedly closed business to run for their safety following heavy gun exchange between the suspects who ran towards town center and the police.

The incident comes after months of a lull following an attack at Garissa University in which over 147 people were killed April 2nd by heavily armed gunmen believed to be Al Shabaab.