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2 police officers in Kenya have been killed as they were guarding a church. The attack bears the hallmarks of an attack by the Somalia based terror group al-Shabaab. The group has not claimed responsibility yet, but the group has been so active on the Southern Kenyan coastline, that this is almost certainly their act. They have also been known to target Christians and Police in retaliation for Kenya Supporting the Somalian Government.

 

2017-09-03 Kenya (Reuters) Gunmen killed two police officers guarding a church on Kenya’s southern coast on Sunday in an attack that police said bore the hallmarks of Somalia’s Islamist militant group al Shabaab.

Four gunmen confronted the police stationed at the entrance of an Anglican church in the town of Ukunda, south of Mombasa, regional police chief Larry Kiyeng said. They sprayed the officers with bullets before escaping by motorbike, taking two AK-47 police rifles, he said.

“One officer was shot in the head and died on the spot while the other … died in hospital,” Kiyeng told Reuters.

“It is too early to say who may have been involved but you can almost pinpoint al Shabaab elements from the nature of the attack,” Kiyeng said. It is not uncommon for police to guard churches in Kenya. 

 

 

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