Two Kenyan teachers were killed on Wednesday when suspected Al Shabaab militants threw an explosive device at a teacher’s house in Mandera county near the Somali border, police said.
The teachers were killed in a fire caused by the explosion in the attack at 1:00 am on Wednesday at Arabia Boys Secondary School, police said on Twitter.
Police reservists guarding the school “engaged the attackers who then fled as more reinforcements were mobilised,” police said.
A day earlier Shabaab militants shot five men in a public execution, including a Somali British citizen accused of spying, a sign of the insurgents’ control of southern swathes of the country, even as authorities step up efforts to combat them.
“Five of them were publicly shot to death this afternoon after they admitted espionage before the court,” said Mohamed Abu Abdalla, Shabaab’s governor for the Jubba regions.
“Awale Ahmed Mohamed, 32 spied for MI6 and he came from Britain to Somalia to establish Islamic State,” he told media late on Tuesday.
Three of the men spied for the United States and helped guide drones to carry out strikes in Somalia, while a fourth spied for the Somali government, he added.
The government did not return telephone calls from reporters to seek comment.
Shabaab’s grip on the Horn of Africa nation has been weakening since it was pushed out of the capital by African Union peacekeepers in 2011, but the government and the US military are beefing up an offensive against it.
The US drones often carry out strikes against the Somali militants, with the US military saying it killed one militant in an air strike in southern Somalia over the weekend.