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Bodies of Mandera attack victims identified

Five of the bodies were airlifted to Nairobi on Saturday/FILE

Five of the bodies were airlifted to Nairobi on Saturday/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 3 – Bodies of those who were killed in Friday’s attacks on two buses in Mandera have been identified by relatives and friends.

Five of the bodies were airlifted to Nairobi on Saturday.

National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director and Communication Officer Pius Masai says the government pathologist has scheduled to do post-mortems on Tuesday by 9am.

Families have been asked to make available next of kin or two close relatives who will record statements about their relationship and the mode of identification before the post-mortems.

The National Disaster Operation Centre will provide guidelines on victims’ government support.

“The Kenya Red Cross and stakeholders will be available for psychosocial support and counselling,” Masai said.

On Saturday, families and friends camped at the Wilson Airport on Saturday afternoon waiting to receive the bodies but were denied access when the bodies arrived.

At least six people were killed during the attack that occurred between Wargadud and Elwak where terrorists sprayed the moving buses with bullets.

“Police on the scene have found six persons shot dead and have rescued two,” Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said Thursday. “The hunt for the terrorists is underway.”

The two critically wounded passengers were also airlifted on Saturday and taken to the Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment.

The attack came hours after the US issued a travel advisory to its citizens, citing areas such as Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and parts of coast province due to imminent attacks.

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