13 killed in IED attack on matatu in Mandera


 At least 13 passengers were Monday killed and many others wounded when their matatu ran over a bomb set on the road along the Arabia-Mandera Highway.

According to witnesses, 10 people died on the spot while three succumbed while receiving treatment.

The matatu was ferrying an unknown number of passengers to Mandera Town on Monday morning when it ran over an Improvised Explosive Device.

Police said at least eight other passengers were seriously injured in the incident.

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Police suspect the explosion was set up by al-Shabaab militants operating in the area after crossing the porous Kenya-Somalia border.

North Eastern new regional commander George Seda said no arrest was made after the incident but teams were on the ground to pursue those behind the bombing.

He said the incident happened about eight kilometres from Mandera Town and response teams had evacuated those injured.

“Witnesses have seen five bodies and we are on the ground now,” he said.

This is the latest incident to happen in the region.

It came after a terror warning issued by various western governments including France, the USA and the Dutch lapsed.

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