Somalia: Shabaab raid Kenya police station

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Al Shabab fighters train outside Mogadishu in 2011. The U.S. has increased operations against the group, bombing a militant training camp in March. The Pentagon said the strike killed over 150 militants. MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kenyan police said Saturday that “more than 100” Islamist fighters raided a police station in north-east Kenya overnight, injuring one officer and making off with arms and ammunition.

Police chief Joseph Boinnet confirmed the attack. “Officers put up stiff resistance and fought them off despite Shabaab numbering over 100 in three trucks and heavy mortar fire,” he said.

A police source speaking on condition of anonymity said more than 10,000 bullets plus 13 AK-47 assault rifles, police uniforms and other items were stolen from the station. Diff police station suffered a similar raid in April this year when three officers were wounded and a police vehicle stolen. Officials said around 100 Shabaab fighters were also involved in that raid.

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