NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 11 – An Administration Police officer was killed and ten military soldiers seriously wounded in two separate attacks which occurred in Mandera and Wajir towns on Sunday afternoon.
The first incident which occurred about one kilometre from Mandera town involved an attack on Administration Police officers while the second in Wajir involved military officers.
“The AP’s were patrolling in Bula Hawa when they were attacked, one died while his colleague is wounded,” a senior police officer said. “They were patrolling on foot and he died on the spot.”
Police believe the explosion was caused by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED).
His colleague who was wounded was rushed to the Mandera district hospital where he was being treated for burns and other related injuries.
Separately, nine military officers sustained injuries in a suspected landmine attack that occurred in Wajir town.
Police said: “The soldiers were travelling in a convoy of three vehicles when they were attacked.” They were headed to Mandera.
“A military vehicle (Hamvee) drove over an IED-Improvised Explosive Device in Wajir. The vehicle was heading to El Wak. A mobile phone suspected to have been used to detonate the explosive was recovered from the scene,” Emmanuel Chirchir, military spokesman said adding that: “Two soldiers suffered minor injuries, the vehicle was damaged.”
Police reports however, indicated that ten soldiers had suffered injured.
Kenyan security personnel patrolling the Somalia border have been hit with a series of explosion attacks since Kenya sent its troops to fight Al Shabaab inside Somalia, often killing or injuring officers.
Security forces at the border points are grappling with threats posed by the insurgents who have been laying landmines mainly targeting police and soldiers patrolling the Somalia border.
Kenyan officials have blamed the hard-line Al Shabaab or their sympathisers for spate of recent shootings and bombings, although armed bandits also operate in the border areas.