Source: BBC News
Gunmen have killed at least three Kenyan police officers in the latest attack in the north-eastern border region with Somalia, police say.
Reports say many other officers are missing after the strike in Wajir district, 100km (60 miles) from the Kenya-Somalia border.
Several police camps have been targeted since Nairobi sent troops into Somalia to fight the al-Shabab Islamist group.
Kenyan officials have blamed Somali militants for the previous attacks.
The latest attack comes as Human Rights Watch warns that Kenyan security forces were « beating and and arbitrarily detaining citizens and Somali refugees » in the Kenya-Somalia border area.
Kenyan army spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir told HRW that he did not have knowledge of any abuses, but the military would investigate the claims.
Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed the raid near Wajir – in which two others were wounded – but said he had not yet « received the full details. »
Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper says that « many » officers are missing, while the AFP news agency is reporting that 13 are unaccounted for.
In October, Kenya sent troops into Somalia to pursue the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab, blaming it for a recent wave of abductions.
The militant group has denied involvement in raids on Kenya’s coast last year, which targeted foreign tourists and threatened a valuable industry for the country.
It said the Kenyan incursion was an act of war and it would take revenge.
There have been a series of explosions targeting police officers since October.
In December, two explosions near the Dadaab refugee camp killed at least two police officers and wounded several others.
After two decades of violence of Somalia, al-Shabab controls many southern and central areas of the country.
But Kenyan forces have pushed it back from the south, while Ethiopia and local militias have also gained ground in the west.