(Xinhua) -- Two Kenyan soldiers died and
three others sustained injuries when a vehicle they were
traveling in was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED)
near the border with Somalia on Saturday.
Mohamed Saleh, the North Eastern
Regional Coordinator, confirmed the incident on Sunday,
saying the explosive device was set up by Al-Shabaab
militants in northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa which
shares a border with Somalia.
Saleh revealed that a response team
has already been dispatched to the region to hunt for
the militants though none has been arrested so far.
“We have mounted operations in the
area in a bid to get those behind the attack,” Saleh
told journalists in Garissa, noting that the bodies
of the dead together with the injured victims had
been airlifted to Nairobi.
The regional administrator told
reporters the hunt for the Al-Shabaab militants had
intensified and it is hoped they will be nabbed by an
elite team of security personnel.
The Kenyan security personnel
patrolling the Somalia border have been hit with a
series of explosion attacks since Kenya sent its troops
to fight Al-Shabaab inside Somalia in 2011.
The latest attack is the second to
happen in the region in the month of January. Early this
month, the terror gang destroyed at least five
communication masts crippling communication in the
Kenya Defence Forces, which is part of
African Union troops in Somalia, has started withdrawing
from the country as part of plans to leave some
operations to Somali troops.