Armed militants has ambushed a bus at dawn in northeastern Kenya and killed about half of the 60 people aboard, policemen said. The gunmen killed 28 people in the bus, which was heading from Mandera, near the Somali board to the capital of Nairobi.
Among those killed were public servants who were heading to the capital for Christmas holidays, the officers said.
“Security agencies are in pursuit of the criminal gang”, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. “We will give a comprehensive update once preliminary reports are out.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the ambush. Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross was helping retrieve bodies under the watch of security personnel.
Gunmen Raid bus and Killed 28 passengers in Kenya
Kenya currently has over 3,000 soldiers stationed in southern Somalia, where they have been battling al-Shabab. The country sent troops into Somalia in late 2011, after the militant group carried out a series of raids inside Kenya.
In addition to Kenya and Somalia, it has struck Uganda. Al-Shabaab was responsible for suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, four years ago that killed more than 70 people gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match.
As the attacks get more daring, the international community has rallied to battle the militants.