Al-Shabaab continued their attacks on Kenyan towns Wednesday night. They crossed the border of Somalia and raided a town in Northeastern Kenya. During this raid they killed 3 Police officers. Al-Shabaab is trying to overthrow the U.N. Backed government in Somalia, which also has the support of the African Union, including Kenya. They desire to build a true Islamic Caliphate and have strict Sharia Law govern the whole nation. This would be a devastating blow for an already harshly persecuted church in Somalia, which must remain underground and hidden at the best of times.
07/06/2017 Somalia (AfricaNews)- Somali al Shabaab militants killed three police officers on Wednesday during a raid on a northeastern Kenyan town that sparked a day-long gunbattle, a senior police official said.
It was the latest in a spate of attacks on Kenyan security services since Nairobi sent troops into Somalia in 2011 to join a African Union force charged with neutralising militant and other armed groups and bolstering its U.N.-backed government.
Al Shabaab gunmen attacked the police station in the town of Pandanguo in the coastal district of Lamu around 6 a.m. (0300 GMT), forcing villagers to flee, according to residents. The area is near Kenya’s long, porous border with Somalia.
The militants also raided a dispensary for drugs and houses for food items, clothes and other valuables, witnesses said. Smoke could be seen rising from the village later in the day.
By 6 p.m., three policemen had been killed and a gunbattle was continuing, police said.
“The attackers used RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades),” George Kinoti, Kenya’s national police spokesman, said in a text message. “Reinforcements sent to engage the enemy have killed several terrorists.”