Atleast five police officers were injured on Monday evening after Al Shabaab militants attacked their convoy at Yumbis in Fafi Sub-County, Garissa County of Kenya.
The officers were travelling to Yumbis in four vehicles to reinforce the squad that was battling the militants who had attacked and injured their colleagues on Monday afternoon, according to Daily Nation.
The Presidential Strategic Communications Unit tweeted stating that President Uhuru Kenyatta had sent a message of condolence to families of police officers killed in the attack.
The tweet was hastily deleted, with Director of Digital Communications in the Office of the President Dennis Itumbi apologising for the error.
Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, in a statement said five officers were hurt and five vehicles reduced to ashes, while a post on the Interior ministry’s Twitter page said only one policeman was injured.
Boinnet said Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked the officers as they patrolled Yumbis area.
In a statement sent to newsrooms on Tuesday, the police boss said a combined security operation by police officers and the Kenya Defence Forces was mounted in a bid to contain the situation.
“(An) operation to subdue the attackers is on course and as we establish more information, we shall inform the public accordingly,” he is quoted by Capital FM Kenya as saying.
“I am urging the public to desist from posting any information on the social media without verifying the same to avoid creating unnecessary panic and apprehension amongst the people.”
Garissa County has remained volatile with numerous attacks since April 2 when the Al Qaeda-linked militants stormed Garissa University College, killing 142 students and 6 security forces during a day-long siege.