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Al-Shabaab destroys another Communication Mast.

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Gunmen believed to be suspected Alshabaab militants have invaded Sarman, a remote town in Mandera North, some 200 kilometers from the Kenya-Somalia border, and destroyed a communication mast on Wednesday night.

No death or injuries were reported.

Witnesses said about 50 men were roaming the area before and after the attack.

Confirming the incident on his Twitter handle, Governor Ali Roba faulted the government for trivializing the extent of Al shabaab threat in his county, blaming the security apparatus of laxity.

“While our security managers have trivialized the worsening security situation in Mandera another telecommunication mast was destroyed last night by suspected Al Shabaab in Sarman,” 

The governor took issues with how the government has been responding to terror attacks in Mandera and accused Nairobi of being in denial.

Officials said the Tuesday night incident was the 12th so far this year in Mandera which has left more than three people dead, three abducted and property destroyed.

On Tuesday, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i downplayed claims of Al-Shabaab militants dominating Northern Kenya.

He termed the claims as lies being peddled by the local leaders.

Whereas he acknowledged that the security threat in the area remains real due to its strategic location with war-torn Somalia, he said the situation is not as dire as a section of local politicians has alleged.

Matiang’i said he is set to meet the area leaders soon over a security challenge that has disrupted the normal lives of residents and has claimed tens of lives this year alone.

Some schools are yet to reopen despite a government directive, local leaders have claimed.

“If you look at the investment that we have made as a government in Northern Kenya and specifically in the war against terror, it speaks for itself,” he said.

He made the remarks after a meeting with leaders from Wajir, Garissa, and Isiolo Counties.

The terrorists have been targeting security installations in the area in a series of incidents destroying them.

This has affected the education sector forcing tens of teachers who are non-locals to leave there.

Al-Shabaab terrorists have been attacking places in the region especially in Mandera and Garissa counties after breaching security zones, which left dozens of civilians and security officials dead and wounded.

The terrorists have been planting explosives on the routes used by the security agencies attacking them. More personnel have since been sent to the area and operations by the Border Patrol Unit heightened to tame the surge.

Kenyan troops are in Somalia to pursue and suppress the activities of the terror group.

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