Two University Staffers Killed in Ambush in Eastern Kenya.
Two staff members of a technical college were killed Tuesday when their convoy was ambushed while driving along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast.
Regional police chief Larry Kieng said a group of students and staff members from the Technical University of Mombassa were being ferried from their residences to the campus when a group of gunmen jumped out of the bushes and opened fire.
The driver of one of the vehicles and two police officers escorting the convoy were injured in the attack.
The gunmen have not been identified, but Kieng says al-Shabab militants are suspected to be involved. The Islamist militants have been carrying out attacks along the Kenyan coast in recent years. A group of al-Shabab gunmen killed 148 students during an attack on Garissa University in eastern Kenya on April 15, 2015.
Somalia’s al-Shabab militia has been carrying out attacks in Kenya saying they are retribution for Kenyan troops deployed in Somalia to fight the rebels.
Kenya is one of six African countries that contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia to fight al-Shabab which is waging an insurgency against the UN-backed government to establish a state based on strict Shariah law.
Al-Shabab is the most potent threat to east Africa’s stability, having regained territory in parts of southern and central Somalia and carrying out frequent attacks in Somalia’s capital and in Kenya, according to the US State Department.
The 22,000 troops in the African Union force pushed al-Shabab out of most of Somalia’s cities and towns but the rebels continued to hold territory in southern Somalia where the extremist group “gained time and space needed to grow, regroup and recruit new fighters”, said the report.