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Police officers on patrol have engaged suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County in a shootout, North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nick Ndalana has confirmed.

There was heavy gunfight after a vehicle belonging to the officers ran over a homemade bomb.

Mr Ndalana said the incident occurred on Monday along the Bura-East-Garissa Lappset road.

“We got information that the suspected militants were around and our police officers were on patrol. After they (militants) noticed the vehicle missed the IED they had planted, they started shooting at the police officers,” Mr Ndalana said.

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