Extremism

3 women killed after staging ambush attack on Kenyan police station

Armed policemen walk outside the central police station after an attack, in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga

Kenyan police have killed three women who attacked a police station in Mombasa, the BBC reports.

The women arrived at the station saying they wanted to report a stolen phone. While speaking to police officers, one woman drew a knife from within her robes and another deployed a petrol bomb, starting a fire. Two officers were wounded before police shot and killed all three attackers.

Police found an unexploded suicide vest on one of the dead women. Two bulletproof vests and a second petrol bomb were also recovered.

A witness on the scene told Agence France-Presse that the attackers were shouting “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greatest” in Arabic.

Patterson Maelo, Mombasa County Police Commander, told reporters that police are assuming the incident was a terror attack. It is not clear which entity is behind the attack, but the Islamist group al-Shabab has repeatedly targeted Kenya since the country sent troops into Somalia to fight militants. The group has claimed responsibility for multiple deadly assaults in Kenya—including the 2013 attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall, and the massacre at Garissa University in April of 2015.

Hundreds of Kenyans, particularly from Mombasa’s large Muslim population, have been recruited to fight with al-Shabab.

Read the full story at the BBC and Reuters.

 

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