Seven People killed and 13 others wounded in road blast in Mandera, Northern Kenya.
At least seven people have been killed and 13 others injured after a matatu they were travelling in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Mandera on Monday morning along the Mandera Arabia highway. Confirming the incident to the Media, North Eastern regional police commander Bunei Rono said police have arrested one suspect in connection with the incident and is being questioned by detectives over his role in the explosion. Bunei placed the number of attackers who carried the attack at six people who he said had spent the eve of the fateful morning in the area chewing Miraa (Khat) whilst planning for the attack. The regional police boss also asserted that Police have launched a hunt down for two vehicles that had diverted from the scene and said that they suspect to have a hand in the explosion. "Before the incident happened, I am met to understand that there were some two vehicles which were Infront and upon approaching the area they diverted there was a possibility that those two vehicles knew that was an explosion," said Rono. "On Monday, January 31, 2022, around seven in the morning a civilian vehicle plying Mandera-Arabia road was attacked with an IED. It happened approximately 8kms from Mandera town. The attackers numbering around six then reinforced the IED attack with AK47 rifles. A GSU patrol team which was on foot and close to the area responded immediately,” reads a police report seen by the media. The victims of the explosion have been admitted at Mandera county referral hospital where they are receiving treatment for the injuries they sustained from the early morning roadside blast. Addressing the media at Mandera referral hospital, Mandera County Director of Health Services Abdi Maalim said the county referral hospital received a total of seven bodies with one female from the scene of a crime and 13 wounded patients whom they have stabilised with four if them being in critical condition The 14 seater Matatu was at the incident of incident headed to Mandera town from Arabiya Mandera county before running over a roadside bomb planted the night before. Authorities believe the attackers were targeting a contingent of General Service Unit ( GSU) officers who were on routine patrol in the volatile area. This comes a day after the European embassies and the US issued terror alerts to their citizens over the impending attack and urged them not to visit crowded and public places due to an impending attack in the capital Nairobi however police allayed the fears and said that security had been beefed up across the country. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but the Al- Qaeda linked- Al- Shabaab have so often mounted attacks in Northern Kenya counties- Wajir, Mandera and Garissa and have recently stepped up their incessant attacks in Lamu County in which several people including security officers lost their lives and also houses torched during the raids.