Three people have been killed in Kenya's northeastern Wajir county which lies on the border with Somalia, by a gunfire attack which is believed to carried out by al-Shabab, AFP has reported.
"The attackers were possibly heading to the chief's residence, but since they were not familiar with the house, they started shooting people indiscriminately," said Ahmed Mohamed, an elder in Wajir.
According to officials and residents, the attackers had been seeking to kill a local administrator who is believed to be on al-Shabab’s “wanted list”.
Located 490 kilometres (310 miles) northeast of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, Wajir remains as a vast border area between Kenya and Somalia, including Mandera county to the north and Garissa county to the south -- to have been hit by an upsurge of attacks by the Somali-led and Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group.
Al Shabab was responsible for the killing of Abdifatah Barre, the deputy district commissioner of Mogadishu’s Wadajir district, in the Somali capital earlier in May, before bombing an African Union military convoy outside the capital.
Kenya's northern and eastern regions, which lie near the Somali border, have suffered many attacks blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group, which has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia to fight the militants. Kenya sent its troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight Al Shabab militants following cross-border attacks.
In March, Al Shabab claimed responsibility for attacks in the county of Mandera on the Somali border in which 12 people died. Four of them died in an attack on the convoy of Mandera County’s Governor Ali Roba.
Police statistics show that 312 people have been killed in al-Shabab attacks in Kenya between 2012 and 2014. Thirty-eight people were killed and 149 wounded in Garissa in the same period.