By Fauxile Kibet
Two teachers have been killed in an attack at Arabia Boys Secondary School in Mandera, Kenya.
According to Kenyan Police Inspector General Joseph Boinett, the assailants, suspected to be members of the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militia threw explosives at the teachers house, killing them instantly.
“Suspected Alshabab terrorists threw an explosive device at a teacher’s house that had two teachers setting off a fire that sadly killed the two teachers,” the police Inspector General said.
He added that the attackers also burnt down the school’s staff room before fleeing after coming under fire from police reservists guarding the school who had mobilized for reinforcement.
“All other teachers and students are safe and no other part of the school was affected. The hunt for the attackers is ongoing,” added Mr Boinett.
The school is situated a few kilometers from the porous Kenya-Somalia border which had enjoyed relative peace over the past months after police intensified operations in the area.
Non-local teachers in the area have been targeted by the Al-Shabaab militants which is fighting to install sharia law and is against the western system of education currently being taught in many schools across Kenya and the region.
The attacks have drastically affected education in the area as teachers have kept away from the county in fear of attacks. The militants have also targeted security officers in the area and have killed over 50 within the past one year.