IED Blast kills Four People In Garissa
Four people died and one other was seriously injured after a vehicle they were driving in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Garissa County in Kenya.
The incident happened Thursday as the vehicle, which was ferrying six persons in total, made its way to Hulugho from Masalani.
The IED detonated between Bura East and Galmagala areas.
The driver of the vehicle that sustained serious damage is fighting for his life in hospital while another passenger escaped with minor injuries.
The deceased persons are said to have been from the same family.
Kenyan official James Kianda said an operation had been launched to get those behind the incident. He said they suspect the bomb was set up by al-Shabaab militants operating in the area.
Garissa leaders also urged residents to be more vigilant and report any suspicious persons to the authorities.
The incident comes a week after suspected terror attacks in Mandera and Wajir counties claimed up to 12 people.
Al-Shabaab group based in Somalia has been launching attacks in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa regions after breaching security zones. This has left dozens of civilians and police officials dead and wounded.
Al-Shabaab have been planting explosives on the routes used by the security agencies. They have also been targeting communication masts in their attacks.
The area is near the Somalia border, and the militants usually cross at will and stage attacks before escaping back.