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ICC Note: Five Kenyan police died in an ambush set up by terrorist group Al-Shabaab near the Kenyan border with Somalia. The police convoy was traveling with a passenger bus when they were hit suddenly by a grenade. The bus escaped unharmed but the police vehicle went up in flames. It is suspected that the grenade was fired by Al-Shabaab militants as part of a planned ambush, and that those militants afterwards fled to Somalia. Al-Shabaab fighters have been active in Somalia and neighboring Kenya for roughly ten years, targeting the Christian minority in Somalia as well as the Christian majority in Kenya.  

06/21/2016, Elwak, Kenya (AllAfrica) – Five Kenyan policemen escorting a passenger bus have been killed after suspected al-Shabab fighters ambushed their convoy in the northeast of the country, according to officials.

The officers came under attack early on Monday near the remote Kenyan town of Elwak, on the border with Somalia.

The bus driver sped away, but the police vehicle was set on fire after being hit by a suspected rocket-propelled grenade.

Two of the victims were burned beyond recognition, Job Boronjo, the police commander in Mandera county, told the Associated Press news agency, adding that four officers survived.

“This was a well-arranged ambush by the militants,” he said, noting that the attackers were believed to had fled towards the Somalia border.

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