(Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed and two
others seriously injured on Monday after their civilian vehicle ran
over an improvised explosive device in Mandera, northeast Kenya,
along the Somali border, police confirmed.
Mandera East Divisional Police
Commander Daniel Chacha, who confirmed the incident,
said the victims were involved in the construction of a
They were clearing a road along the
security wall when the explosion happened on Monday
Mandera South Deputy County
Commissioner Paul Kemei also confirmed the incident,
saying the team was headed to their work station when
the device exploded.
“The victims were hit by what we
suspect to be an improvised explosive device,” he said.
Kemei said the team is usually given
security escort to the site and wondered why police
officers did not accompany them on Monday.
The incident is likely to cause panic
among the workers who have been helping Kenyan army
officers in the construction works.
The wall is manned by Kenya Defense
Forces (KDF) soldiers who are already on the ground. A
surveillance road is also being built, running parallel
with the barrier, for easier monitoring of the border.
Kenya began constructing the security
wall that runs to the coastal town of Lamu in April 2015
to help prevent Somali militants from crossing into
Kenya to carry out terror attacks.