Kenya Thwarts Militant Attack in Garissa County


Kenyan officials say Islamic militants have attacked a village in northeastern Kenya, in the same area where militants seized control of a university and killed nearly 150 people last month.

Kenya’s interior ministry said Friday that militants attacked Yumbis village in Garissa county late Thursday, but were thwarted by security forces after a gun battle. No casualties have been reported.

Al-Shabab militants took control of Garissa University last month in a dawn attack, taking a number of hostages inside university buildings. By the time the siege was over, 148 people were dead, most of them students.

Al-Shabab has vowed to stage attacks on Kenya in retaliation for Kenyan forces helping Somalia fight the radical Islamist group inside Somali borders, where it is based.