GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Five Kenyan paramilitary police officers were
killed and three others were seriously injured when their
vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) near the
Kenya-Somalia border early Wednesday.
Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said the 8:30 a.m. incident
happened as the officers were on enroute to Liboi in Garissa
County, eastern Kenya.
"It is true that we have lost our officers this morning in
the unfortunate incident," Chepchieng told Xinhua in Garissa.
He said the incident happened when the officers were carrying
out normal border patrols aboard Landcruiser vehicle towards
Liboi from their camp.
"Their vehicle is said to have rolled several times.
The deaths were the latest and came after a long lull from
terror related incidents that have been experienced in the area
Witnesses said the explosive badly damaged the vehicle
killing the five.
The three who survived were badly wounded.
They were all from Harhar General Service Unit camp.
North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh confirmed
the incident and added that more personnel had been sent to the
area to pursue the attackers.
"There was an IED that affected a police vehicle and we are
still assessing the scene," Saleh said.
Residents said there were indications of imminent attacks in
the area after reporting to authorities of movements that
indicated al-Shabab terror group was planning an attack.
The latest incident came after the police had issued a
security alert over possible attacks in the country by the
Somalia based terror group during the Ramadan season.
Improvised explosive devices are common in the northern and
eastern Kenya targeting security officers and civilians
especially after Kenyan soldiers crossed into southern Somalia
in 2011 to pursue al-Shabab militants.
Kenyan police say al-Shabab
planning attacks in border region
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police warned on Thursday that
Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab is planning to carry out
terror attacks on key infrastructure in northeast Kenya
including coast regions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Police spokesman Charles Owino said they have received
credible intelligence that the terrorists who have waged
increased attacks in Somalia were targeting key infrastructure
in Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and the Coast counties.
"They are particularly targeting installations that are far
flung along the border," Owino said in a statement issued in
Owino also clarified that the five paramilitary police
officers who were killed on Wednesday were attacked on Somali
soil and not in Kenya.
The five security officers were killed and three others
seriously injured after their vehicle ran over a landmine in
Liboi near the Kenya-Somalia border.
The early morning explosion happed when the police officers
were on normal border patrol a few kilometres from the Somali
"We wish to assure members of the public that we have
deployed our resources appropriately to counter any such actions
by these criminals.
"Our officers are on high alert and will continue monitoring
their movements at all times," Owino said.