Suspected Shabaab militants destroy communication mast in Lafey, Mandera

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have attacked and destroyed a communication mast at Fino Town, Lafey Sub-County in Mandera.

Lafey police boss (OCPD) Bosita Omukolongolo said the incident happened at 2am Thursday.

“There was heavy fire exchange between the attackers and our officers guarding the area but no casualty has been reported, ” he said.

On June 26, another communication mast at Damasa in Lafey was destroyed by Al-Shabaab militants who ran into neighbouring Somalia.

“We are yet to know how many they were since the incident happened at night but all our officers at the scene can be accounted for,” said Mr Omukolongolo.

Fino Member of County Assembly (MCA) Saad Abajano said it was difficult to confirm if there were casualties since communication had been disrupted.

He asked for the government to boost security in the area “because the destruction of the mast could be a signal that they are going to attack again.”