Six people were killed at a house in Mandera, after Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked them at around 2:45am Thursday morning.
Confirming the incident, Mandera County Govenor Ali Roba said 27 others were rescued by security officers from the premise they were sleeping in the early morning incident, after they responded quickly to the cries and gun shots.
The premise was accomodating 33 Kenyans at the time of the attack.
“It is yet again another sad day for the people of Mandera County as terrorists disrupt our peace in a cowardly attack this morning at 2:45am. Six out of the thirty three occupants of the attacked premise were killed and 27 rescued by our security forces. Six lives are too many to lose,” said the governor.
Through his facebook page Roba strongly condemned the incident, and termed the attack as a sad incident which came at a time Mandera residents had started enjoying peace, for the area has greatly been targeted by the Al-Shabaab militants.
“We condemn the attack which comes at a time when locals had started enjoying peace. My appreciation to our security team for the timely response.”
Governor Roba has as well sent his condolences to the bereaved families, saying the people of Mandera share with them the pain and sorrow of losing their loved ones.
The attacked area is believed to be home for non-Mandera residents who visit the town for work.
Police have launched a manhut for the attackers.
“To the families, friends and relatives of the victims, we mourn with you. The people of Mandera shares with you the pain and sorrow of losing your loved ones. May the Almighty God grant you the courage and strength you need during this trying moment,” said Roba.
Government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe said the government had intelligence report about the attack but did not know the time and day of the attack.