Kenya: 6 killed in bus ambush


At least six people were killed when suspected al Shabaab militants sprayed two buses with bullets on Friday morning. The attackers ambushed the vehicles belonging to Tawakal and E-Coach bus companies between Wargadud and Elwak.

North Eastern Regional Security Coordinator Mohammed Saleh said Friday several people were wounded in the attack as the buses headed toward Mandera town at 10 a.m. The buses were carrying passengers from the capital, Nairobi. Last week five police officers were killed in the same area in an attack blamed on the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops in Somalia since 2011 to fight the militants who are waging an insurgency against Somalia’s weak western-backed government. The Kenyan government said it had deployed its troops because of cross-border attacks by al-Shabab and the kidnapping of four Europeans.