Somali Islamists Kill Kenyan Policeman

Monday, December 19, 2011

Somalia-KenyaPolice in northern Kenya say a suspected landmine blast has killed a police officer and wounded two others at the Dadaab refugee camp.

Authorities said the explosion Monday happened as the officers were traveling in a vehicle.

It is the latest in a series of small-scale attacks that have hit Kenya since the government sent troops into neighboring Somalia to pursue al-Shabab militants. Kenya accuses the al-Qaida-linked fighters of kidnapping foreigners on Kenyan soil.

The militants say they are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.

Dadaab is home to more than 400,000 refugees from Somalia.

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