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6 including 4 civilians killed after extremists raid in Kenya

A Kenyan government official says four residents have been killed by stray bullets during a raid by suspected Al-Shabaab extremists in eastern Garissa County. Deputy county commissioner Kibet Bowen said on Tuesday that the gunmen targeted police officers at a roadblock near the village of Saretho. Two of the suspected extremists were killed by the police, he said.

Since December, Al-Shabaab has increased attacks inside Kenya including Sunday’s attack on a military base that killed three US military personnel and destroyed five US aircrafts. It was the first time that Al-Shabaab had attacked US troops inside Kenya. The US on Monday said additional troops had arrived to increase security at the Manda Bay airfield in coastal Lamu county.

The US-Africa Command also said it did not assess that the attack was linked to Iran, as Middle East tensions are soaring. Al-Shabaab is linked to Al-Qaeda and has no known links to Iran or its proxies. Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution on Kenya for deploying its troops in 2011 to fight the extremists in neighboring Somalia, where the group is based.

The extremists often target police as well as civilians who are attacked in buses and schools, mainly in the border region.

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