MOGADISHU – Somali armed group Al Shabaab claimed to have briefly seized small township in Garissa country near Kenyan border along Somalia.
The militants briefly seized Haluqu area of Garissa before they later withdrew without firing a single shot, according to Radio Andulus, an Al Shabaab mouthpiece.
Kenyan police remain unavailable to comment on the raid carried out by Al Shabaab.
Residents in the town said the town fell into Al Shabaab hands after Kenyan soldiers withdrew from the township over unknown reason.
The rebel group carried out deadly attacks in the region, leaving dozens dead.
In December 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen killed 28 people, mostly Christian teachers on a bus heading home to Mandera from Nairobi for the Christmas holiday.
In April of 2015, the group’s militants stormed into Kenya’s Garissa University, where its fighters killed 148 students — most of them Christian.
In 2013, fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, killing more than 70 people. The siege on the mall lasted for four days.
The group also claimed the responsibility for a 19-hour siege on the affluent DusitD2 hotel on January 2019 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which left 21 people dead, while another 28 wounded.