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Normalcy slowly returning to Mandera

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Normalcy is resuming gradually in Mandera town following clashes and tension at the border town of Bula Hawa yesterday.

Reports indicate that at least 12 people were injured in the fight between Jubaland Security Forces and Somalia National Army on Monday.

Mandera County Chief of Staff David Ohito confirmed to Frontier Post News that on Tuesday morning that the town was beginning to wake up with some businesses opening.

According to Ohito, some five people are receiving treatment for gunshot wounds they sustained in the clashes.

“Some people were caught by stray bullets while in the Kenyan territory as they were going about their business,” he said.

He reiterated remarks by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, that this was a war Kenya was un-involved in.

“It is happening inside Somalia and not Kenya. There was no fighting on Kenyan soil. It is an isolated factional war within Somalia,” Ohito explained.

The Chief of Staff also confirmed that communication networks had been disconnected in the north-eastern town and phones jammed and that the government is yet to give reason for disabling communication yesterday.

The fighting adds to a growing tiff between Kenya and Somalia that has been ongoing for months.

On Monday, Kenya wrote to the African Union (AU) expressing concern of the renewed fighting in the border town of Bula Hawa, southwestern Somalia.

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