Somali armed group Al Shabaab has said it has carried out an attack near North Eastern town of Garissa in which more than 25 police officers have been reported to have died.
Group spokesman Sheikh Abdulaziz Abu Musab said on Tuesday that 20 officers were killed when fighters ambushed them on Monday night in Yumbis village, 70km north of Garissa, while more officers were killed when a police vehicle hit a landmine planted by the fighters, Reuters reported.
“We took all their weapons. There were some Kenyan forces that escaped in the course of the ambush fighting,” he said, adding that five police vehicles had been burnt.
Police sources in the area had also confirmed that 20 officers had been killed in the attack while five others are still missing.
Al-Shabab has carried out several attacks in Kenya in retaliation over Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia.
More than 150 people mainly students were killed on early this month when the group attack Garissa university college.
Kenyan government has closed down several Somali remittance companies suspected of financing Al Shabaab attacks inside its soil.