According to police, the shoot-out erupted as fighters were trying to destroy a telecommunications tower [File: Reuters]
A police reservist and two armed attackers have been killed in a gunfight in Kenya's northeast Mandera county near the border with Somalia.
Security official Jeremiah Kosoim said a young boy had also been injured on Sunday during the gunfight that erupted as fighters were trying to destroy a telecommunications tower in the area.More: Three Kenyan police held after dragging woman behind motorbike Rare white giraffes killed by poachers in Kenya US soldier, contractors killed in al-Shabab attack on Kenya base
He did not give further details about the attackers, but Somalia-based rebel group al-Shabab has often targeted security forces and strategic sites, such as telecommunications masts, in the area.
The al-Qaeda-linked group has said it wants to put pressure on Kenyan authorities to withdraw its troops from Somalia, where they are part of an African Union-mandated peacekeeping force.
Al-Shabab, which has lost control of most major cities and towns in Somalia, is fighting to topple the UN-recognised federal government in Mogadishu.
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SOURCE: Reuters news agency