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Mandera residents fear Al-Shabaab resurgence as attackers destroy telecommunication masts

In yet another attack, suspected Al-Shabaab attackers destroyed Safaricom and Orange telecommunication masts in Kotulo, Mandera County on Monday night.

Elwak Deputy County Commissioner Peter Karanja confirmed the incident and said the masts which were destroyed are at Chuma Mrefu.

Speaking to the Nation by phone, Mr Karanja said a team of security personnel has been deployed to “find out what exactly happened.”

A resident, Mr Abdi Siadi said: “There was a loud explosion at around 11 pm.”

On Monday, gunmen damaged a Safaricom mast at Dabacity, some three kilometres away from Kotulo.

County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the attack happened at about 1.45am.

Locals now fear Al-Shabaab could be preparing for a major attack following the demolition of the equipment.

During the Dabacity attack, Mr Shisia said the attackers overpowered the five Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) deployed to guard the mast.

“The five KPRs guarding the installation tried to resist but the weapons of the attackers were superior forcing them to run to safety,” he said.

He said the KPR’s intervention limited the damage caused by the attackers.

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