(Xinhua) -- At least 12 Kenyan
police officers escaped unhurt on Friday following twin
explosions in northeast Mandera County along the Somali
Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick
Shisia told journalists that the twin blasts targeted
border patrol police officers who have been manning the
porous border with Somalia.
Shisia said the improvised explosive devices (IEDs)
went off at Border Point Three on the outskirts of
Mandera town simultaneously at 8:15 a.m. local time.
"We thank God no one was injured, we are telling our
police officers not to concentrate at one point to
reduce the magnitude of injuries and deaths in case they
happen," Shisia said in Mandera town.
The government administrator said the two IEDs were
planted at a distance of about three meters from each
He said the 12 police officers were barely ten meters
from the two sites of the explosion but no police
officer was injured in both the incidents.
Shisia said there was intelligence information that
Al-Shabaab IED experts had crossed over the border from
Somalia to Mandera to plant IEDs in the area and carry
out terror attacks on unspecified locations.
"What happened today is a testimony of what the
National Intelligence Service personnel had reported to
me," he said.
The authorities promised the government will help
apprehend culprits involved in both the incidents.
A team of Anti-Terror Police Unit and military bomb
experts drawn were at the scene to help in analyzing the
The Somali militants have been targeting military and
police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting
explosives on the road in northeast region especially in
Mandera and Garissa counties.
Kenya, currently engaged in the fight against the
militia group in southern Somalia where its soldiers
under the African Union Peacekeeping Mission has been
registering impressive gains and extending humanitarian
assistance to the local population.