GARISSA, Kenya, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Friday launched a manhunt for the militia who stormed a cinema hall and injured six people at the refugee camp in northern Kenya.
Dadaab police commander Kalicha Roba confirmed that at least six people were injured on Thursday night at IFO 1 camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in an attack by the militia near the border with Somalia.
"No arrest has been made so far, the security officers are pursuing them. We hope to catch them soon," Roba told Xinhua by telephone in Garissa.
The six who were among scores of youth packed in a cinema hall got injured after suspected gunmen of the Islamist militia, Al- Shabaab raided a cinema hall at 9.30 p.m. local time, said the officer.
Roba said about five militants who were heavily armed with AK47 assault rifles stormed the hall and closed two of its exits before shooting the revelers randomly.
"The attackers raided the fully packed makeshift cinema hall. Majority of the revelers were young people, who were passing time watching Indian movies. We suspect, the raiders are either members or sympathizers of Al-Shabaab who want to stop watching of movies and football," Roba said.
During their reign in southern Somalia, the Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda terrorist network has banned the screening of movies and premier league football in areas under their control, terming the practice as anti-Islamic move aimed at corrupting the moral of the Islamic youth.
"Luckily our officers who were on foot patrol and passing a few meters from the cinema hall heard the sounds of the gunshots and screams of the youth under siege. They immediately took positions around the place and fired on the air to attract the attentions of the attackers," Roba said.
"Sensing the danger the gunmen hurriedly left out of the halls and escaped into the darkness of the night," he added.
The superintendent of the police said his officers were cautious to engage the assailants on firefight for the fear of hurting the revelers and other civilians in areas adjacent to the cinema hall, which was also close to the recently attacked staff residence of Islamic Relief Kenya.