Kenya:2 APs dead in new landmine attack in Liboi, Garissa

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On 25 May 2017 saa 01:19
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Two police officers died on Thursday morning after their vehicle ran over a landmine on the Malelei-Kulan road in Liboi, Garissa County.

Police sources told the Nation that two other officers in the vehicle were injured, one critically, and have been rushed to hospital.

Restive

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh told reporters by midday that officials were yet to get a full report on the attack.

The deaths come barely a day after four Administration Police officers were killed in a similar attack near the Kulan Dam in Liboi.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Kenya’s eastern border with Somalia is notoriously restive and prone to attacks staged by Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab militants.

The attacks come days after police warned of increased terror activity in the area.

Al-Shabaab militants "are dispatching operatives into parts of north eastern region to lay IEDs along routes used by our security patrols in efforts to frustrate our security operations at the border areas," the police statement said.

Warning

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned that some members of the terrorist group had sneaked into the country and were planning attacks.

In a statement, IGP Boinnet said the terror group was behind a series of attacks, including a recent attack in Mandera where a chief was killed.

The IGP, however, said police were on high alert and asked the public to be vigilant and report suspicious people to the police.

The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow the internationally backed government in Mogadishu but began attacking Kenya in 2011 after Nairobi ordered its troops into Somalia to fight the militants.

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The police vehicle that ran over a landmine in Liboi, Garissa County, on May 25, killing two officers.

Source:Daily Nation


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