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Kenya Attacked Again, 4 Killed

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According to reports, the lorry was carrying school examination papers when heavily-armed gunmen opened fire.

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This is the third attack in less than four days on a country which appears to have the sloppiest interior security on the continent.

Despite clear warning and intelligence sharing with United States, Israel and Uganda, Kenya remains absolutely vulnerable to more attacks.

Reports indicate security has been stepped up to amazing levels after Al Shabaab continued humiliating Kenya’s defence forces within their borders.

Kenya found herself dragged in the Somali conflict after Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen orchestrated successful abductions on its soil.

In less than two weeks, Kenya has lost dozens of soldiers. Kenya army claims to have killed over 100 Al Shabaab fighters and destroyed their bastions.

Shortly after declaring war on the terror unit, Kenya lost a helicopter gunship after an attack, killing a pilot and crew on board.

Al-Shabab denies abductions and has vowed to ensure “Kenyan invaders feel the pain of bullets,” for violating their sovereignty.

The attackers fired machine guns and rocket propelled grenades at the vehicle, AP reports.

Security analysts say Kenya may not have the capacity to swiftly kick out the lethal gunmen that have put their defence on tenterhooks.

Experts say the denominator in the nature of attacks carried out on Kenya soil is ‘hurling explosives’ at targets.

Unlike Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan, Kenya lacks a solid experience in defeating insurgencies.

Grenade blasts

BBC reports that Kenyan police spokesman Eric Kiraithe described the incident as a “banditry attack” about 110 km (70 miles) from Mandera town.

He said government officials were among the passengers.

On Wednesday, a Kenyan man arrested after two grenade blasts in the capital, Nairobi, admitted in court to being a member of the group.

Elgiva Bwire Oliacha pleaded guilty to carrying out the attacks on a nightclub and bus stop.

One person was killed and 29 others were wounded in the attacks on 24 October.

Security has been stepped up in Nairobi since the blasts, with many residents fearing there could be more attacks, correspondents say.

Last week, the French authorities said a Frenchwoman suffering from cancer who was kidnapped from Kenya by Somali gunmen earlier in the month had died.

Other foreigners abducted from Kenya and being held in Somalia include a British woman abducted from a coastal resort, and a Kenyan driver and two Spanish aid workers seized from the Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border.


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