Unknown assailants bringdown Mandera countyrevenue offices with bazooka

BY: ADOW JUBAT

Mandera, Kenya: A security guard was seriously shot in the head and Mandera county revenue offices reduced into ashes, after unknown assailants hit the building with a bazooka on Friday morning in Mandera town. The attack, which comes barely five days after another explosive attack on two toll station also used by the Mandera county government for tax collection failed to destroy its intended structure. Confirming the incident, Mandera East OCPD Jackson Rotich said unknown armed gangs driving in a pickup Toyota arrived at the county offices at Mandera Bus Park before hurling a bazooka selectively at the offices.

“Unknown armed people arrived at the county office which was used to collect revenue by the county revenue officials at 1.30 am and then threw the bazooka at the building. Part of the building collapsed before burning down into ashes.” the OCPD said. He added “Nothing was salvaged from the ill-feted office building. Everything inside the offices was burnt down including furniture, computers and essential files with financial records”.

The OCPD said one of the watchmen guarding the offices was shot on the head by the bandits who started shooting indiscriminately as they retreated, while his colleague escaped unscathed. Rotich said the motive of the assailants couldn’t immediately be established and the security officers were sipping through the wreckages and interviewing some eye witnesses to find out who was behind the attack and what was their motive.

However, the police boss noted that they were following claims that some business people who are opposed to the county government new taxes imposed on vehicles taking and loading passengers at the bus park may be behind the incident.

Source: The Standard

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