Two University Staffers Killed in Ambush in Eastern Kenya

Two University Staffers Killed in Ambush in Eastern Kenya

About it reports Reuters, citing law enforcement officials and witnesses.

According to Coast Regional Police Chief Larry Kieng, the two university staff members died on the spot following the ambush.

Two female staff members were killed Tuesday's attack, and a driver and two policemen were injured, a police official who did not want to be named told Reuters.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the election would proceed as planned, despite the withdrawal of his only challenger.

In 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen killed 148 students at a university in Kenya's Garissa town near the Kenya-Somali border, an attack that provoked shock and outrage in Kenya and overseas.

Somalia's al-Shabab militia has been carrying out attacks on Kenya as retribution for Kenya's deployment of troops in Somalia to fight the rebels.

The gunmen have not been identified, but Kieng says al-Shabab militants are suspected to be involved. The military claimed the five were part of a group that has been terrorizing the coastal area.

The attack will revive memories of April 2015, when more than 147 people, including 142 students were killed in their dormitories at Kenya's Garissa University by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab.

Kenya is one of six African countries that contribute troops to the African Union force in Somalia to fight al-Shabab which is waging an insurgency against the United Nations -backed government to establish a state based on strict Shariah law.