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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

MILITIA ASSAULTS IN MANDERA KENYA


Heavily-armed Somali raiders have attacked a border camp in Kenya, killing 17 people and injuring more than 20 others, news reports say. The raiders, suspected to have entered Kenya from Somalia, fled with four G3 rifles and around 250 rounds of ammunition after hitting the camp near the border town of Wargadud in the northeastern districts of Mandera on Sunday.



Houses were also burnt during the incident, witnesses told Press TV correspondent in Somalia on Monday. The attackers are said to be hired by leaders of the Mareehan clan -- the largest in the region -- that has been involved in a land and water dispute with another clan. Following the raid, the Kenyan government dispatched security personnel to the area. The Kenya-Somalia border has been insecure after the 1991 toppling of dictator Mohammed Siad Barre, which plunged Somalia into lawlessness setting off civil war and unrest that has defied numerous attempts to restore peace.


The Kenyan Government has sent military personnel there.