Two people injured in suspected Al-Shabaab terrorist bus attack
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Two people were injured when suspected Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a passenger bus at Khorof Kharar in Wajir County early Friday morning.
County Police Commander Thomas Ngeywa said an unknown number of assailants attacked the bus heading to Wajir town at about 6.30am.
Mr Ngeywa said the attackers fled into the bush as the bus driver did not stop.
He managed to drive on for about a kilometre after the attackers damaged one of the vehicle’s front tyres when they fired.
Mr Ngeywa said passengers got out of the bus and fled when the driver stopped.
“For now, we can’t give the total number of passengers who were on the bus at the time of the attack but we are gathering information,” he said.
Counties near the border with Somalia have borne the brunt of attacks by the Al-Qaeda-linked terror group as it is based in that country.
Last December, 11 people, eight of them Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) officers stationed at Elram in Mandera, were killed after Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a bus.
The other victims were a teacher, a doctor and a civilian.
Early in January, three people were killed and three seriously injured when militants ambushed a passenger bus at Nyongoro in Lamu.
Recently, three teachers were killed when the terrorists raided Kamuthe Primary School in Wajir.
The frequent attacks are a threat to education, health and transport as employees have fled their work stations and members of the public have shunned travel by road.