Kenyan security forces have killed 12 fighters from the Al-Shabaab Islamist group in Garissa County.
This is after a multi-agency security team raided an Al-Shabaab camp in Sedahgose in Garissa, according to Counter Terrorism Policing.
The officers neutralised 12 of over 30 militants in the camp while others escaped to Somalia with injuries.
One militant was captured alive while one improvised explosive device (IED), one PKM machine gun, and one AK47 were seized following the operation.
On 11 January, the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group killed four engineers from the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in Bura East, Garissa County. The officials were on a routine assessment of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project when the vehicle they were travelling in blew up after running over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Police said three bodies were recovered at the scene, while the fourth is suspected to have been annihilated in the wreckage of the blast.
For years, Al-Shabaab has staged several attacks within Kenya to pressure the country into withdrawing its troops from the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force helping Somalia’s central government fight the group.
The group has mainly targeted security forces, schools, vehicles, towns, and telecommunication infrastructure in northeastern Kenya.
The group has been fighting for more than a decade to topple Somalia’s central government and establish its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.