Suspected al Shabaab hijack two cars ferrying Mandera voters


Suspected al Shabaab militants hijacked two cars between Omar Jillo and Lafey in Mandera on Tuesday as voters were being transported to polling stations.

North Eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh identified the vehicles as a Pobox and Land Cruiser.

Nobody was injured or kidnapped during the incident at about 6am, Saleh told The star on phone.

“They were only interested in the vehicles. Reports that they also hijacked a bus full of voters are not true. Kenyans, especially those on social media, should stop posting untrue information because they may end up causing a lot of tension.”

It is said one of the vehicles had a South Sudan number place.

Al Shabaab has not claimed responsibility for this and a few other attacks in some parts of the country. But the terror group has carried out many ambushes and left police and civilians dead or injured.

The commissioner said he will stay in touch with top election officials and security chiefs to ensure voting goes on smoothly.

“All polling stations, including those at the borders in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa, have opened and the exercise is going on smoothly. We don’t expect any hiccups.

Source the Star Kenya