Nairobi, Kenya, May 29, 2010 – Somalia militia shot and seriously
injured five people after crossing the border to Kenya in Wajir district
They drove into the Dadajabula village, 200km South of Wajir town in
North Eastern province, on two pick-up trucks at around midnight and
opened fire while the residents were asleep in their Manyattas.
The raid comes just four days after the Somali insurgent group al
Shabaab threatened to carry out attacks in Kenya, which it accused of
“interfering in the affairs of Somalia.”
It is the fourth attack by suspected al Shabaab militia on Kenya soil in
the past three years.
The rebel group’s spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mohamoud Raghe alias Sheikh Ali
Dhere, made the threat during a pass out parade for fresh fighters in
the port city of Kismayu.
North Eastern Provincial Commissioner James ole Seriani said the gunmen
sped off to Somalia immediately after carrying out the attack and sent a
team of his officers to conduct investigations.
Wajir police commander George Tonui and the District Commissioner led
the team of security officers to the area.
“The attackers tried to steal a vehicle from the compound but abandoned
it because it had no fuel. Three of those shot had serious injuries and
the other two had slight ones. They were treated at the border health
centre. The three were later transferred to Daadab as the gunshot wounds
were serious,” said Mr Seriani.
The PC told the Nation there were varying initial reports from the area
which needed being investigated to establish the motive of the raid.
Some reports from the area blamed cross border business rivalry for the
attack while other claimed the al-Shabaab fighters targeted the family
because its members are sympathetic to Izbul-Islam, one of the other
groups fighting in Somalia.
Seventeen-year-old Fardosa Mohamed Adan, a student at Dadajubal Primary
School was shot through the stomach.
“My house was the first to be raided by the gunmen, fortunately I was
out of my home at that time, but my daughter was hit by bullet," the
girl’s father Mohamed Adane told the Nation on phone.
“Her situation is very unstable at the moment and she will have to be
transferred for a specialized treatment.”
Villagers were forced to flee their homes when the attackers arrived and
started shooting, after which they searched the houses.
“Some of us had to seek refuge in neighboring bushes and beyond water
pans to escape the danger," a primary school teacher who sought
“The situation is, at the moment, calm and I can see heavy deployment of
Kenyan security personnel."
Residents said there were very few armed police at the time of the
attack, who could barely safeguard the locals.
A similar incident happened in May 2008 when the same village was
attacked by Al-Shabaab militants in an attempt to free three suspected
members of Al-Qaeda who were being held by police.
Source: Daily Nation Thursday, May 27, 2010