Nine police officers died in two separate terror attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Mandera and Garissa on Wednesday.
Five officers in the Mandera incident were in a convoy escorting Governor Ali Roba to a political rally when their vehicle was blown by a landmine in Fino area.
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In Garissa, four Administration Police officers died and two others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine near Kulan Dam in Liboi in morning.
Three police officers identified as Dennis Mwachiru, Titus Mwangi and Peter Gakuo were unhurt.
The police officers were travelling along the Liboi-Milan Road in a vehicle belonging to Kulan Administration Police Post when it hit the IED at around 6 a.m.
Interior secretary Joseph Nkaissery termed the response by the police to the attacks commendable.
“This menace still remains. We must be vigilant at all times to secure our citizens especially in the North. Though there are those incidents where the officers lost their lives, the response was commendable.”
North Eastern Regional Co-ordinator Mohamud Saleh blamed Al-Shabaab for the attack
This comes barely hours after a night of terror in the same County that claimed 3 lives of security officers.
According to police, relying on intelligence reports, the terrorists have now split into small groups with key targets at the border towns of Mandera where several incidents were reported last week when four people and a chief was killed.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is now urging the public across the country to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security forces, with fears that the terrorists may be out to stage attacks similar to what happened in the UK on Tuesday killing 22 people