Suspected Al Shabaab militants killed three teachers near Kenya’s border with Somalia early on Monday; police said, in what appeared to be the latest in a string of assaults by the group in Kenya since the New Year.
A stray bullet wounded a child when the militants attacked Kamuthe primary school, in Garissa County, a police report seen by Reuters said.
The militants also burned down a nearby police station and destroyed a telecommunications mast in the attack in the early hours of Monday, the report said.
Al Shabaab has targeted Kenya in frequent attacks, part of a retaliation campaign against the country for sending troops into Somalia in 2011 after a series of cross-border raids and kidnappings.
But the group has stepped up the pace of its attacks in Kenya since the New Year.
Last week, four schoolchildren were killed following a gunfight between the Somali militant group and local police in Garissa.
The attackers targeted a telecommunications mast in that assault as well.
The U. S. bolstered its presence in Kenya last week after al Shabaab killed three Americans; in an attack on a military base in the East African country used by the U.S and Kenyan forces.
Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab has waged an insurgency in Somalia since 2008; aiming to topple the government and impose its own strict interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law.
In December 2018, at least 90 people were killed in a bombing in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu; in the country’s deadliest attack in more than two years.