Al-Shabaab releases video of DusitD2 attackers as they flatten new Mandera Police Station

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DusitD2 terror attack. [Photo: BBC]

A year after the deadly DusitD2 Complex attack, the Al-Qaeda linked terror group Al-Shabaab released a video of five of its militants who carried out the attack.

In the 7-minute long video, Al-Shabaab showed the faces and names of the five gunmen who stormed the hotel complex in Nairobi’s Riverside area.

According to Daily Nation, the militants said that the attack was “to make a statement” following a decision by the US government under Donald Trump’s administration to elevate Jerusalem in Israel as the official capital Jewish State.

Out of the five attackers, three were Kenyans while two were Somali nationals allegiant to the Jihadist terror network.

They were: Osman Ahmed Hassan, Ali Salim, Abdigani Arap Yusuf, Mohamed Adam Nur and Mahir Khalid.

DusitD2 Complex attack left more than 20 people dead including a Recce Squad officer who flushed out the terrorists. They were all killed.

This footage came as a new police station in Mandera’s Borehole 11 area was brought down to rubbles by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

The police station was yet to be launched but had complete blocks ready for occupation. Residents say that there was heavy gunfire on Monday night as the militants exchanged fire with security apparatus in the area.

From the extent of damage, an explosive may have been deployed to bring down the structure.

However, this was not the first attack on a government-owned facility in North Eastern.

Three weeks ago, gunmen stormed a patrol base in Garissa and destroyed it with a rocket-propelled grenade.

They then engaged police on a shootout as they escaped with a police constable who was reportedly found missing after the attack.

Before this attack, the gunmen had tried to destroy a mast in the region but were repelled by police officers manning them. Masts are a prime target for the militants as it cuts down communication.