Al-Shabaab militants ambush Jubilee campaign team in Kenya

Suspected al-Shabaab militants have hijacked a branded Jubilee Party campaign vehicle in Mandera county.

 Sources said the militants ambushed the vehicle belonging to an MCA aspirant in Kotulo ward, at Falama area near the Kenya-Somalia border on Friday, July 28.Mandera South Police boss Charles Chacha confirmed the incident and said the driver and passenger are missing after the ambush.

“We received a report of hijacking of a vehicle that was returning to Bore Hole 11 town after dropping party supporters at Falama area near Kenya-Somalia border and the rescue operation is underway,” he said.

Chacha said a rescue operation by the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) is underway.

“The issue has been taken over by our military inside Somalia where we believe it was commandeered to but the driver and another passenger are yet to be found,” Chacha said.

According to the police, the vehicle had dropped several supporters of Mandera Governor Ali Roba who had attended a political rally in Kotulo town the previous day.

The latest incident is the second time al-Shabaab militants have hijacked a Jubilee Party vehicle in Mandera.

The suspected al-Shabaab militants in April 10, reportedly crossed the Kenyan border and stole two vehicles hired by an unidentified Jubilee Party aspirant.

The vehicles, a Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Land cruiser were being used in the Mandera campaigns.

Two drivers of the vehicles were abducted but later released.

Source: TUKO.co.ke


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