Kenya Police Officers Among 10 killed in Bus Attack

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NAIROBI – Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus on Friday near border with Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said on Saturday.

vehicle belonging to the Medina Bus Company was attacked on a lonely stretch of road in the Kotulo area as it travelled between the towns of Wajir and Mandera.

“People, among them police officers, were brutally murdered,” Kenyatta’s office said in a statement.

Police said 10 people had been killed and that attackers had specifically targeted non-Somalis after flagging down the bus. The area is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somali Kenyans.

attackers separated local Somalis from non-locals, and in the process, shot 10 non-locals dead,” police spokesman Charles Owino said in a statement.

He said security forces were pursuing gunmen and that the driver and conductor of the bus were in custody and helping with investigations.

Al Shabaab said it had carried the and that it had killed 10 people including “secret security agents and government employees”.

Somali-based group has targeted Kenya many times since the East African sent troops across border to fight the militants in their homeland in October 2011.