, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Five security officers attached to Mandera Governor Ali Roba were Wednesday killed by Improvised Explosive Device after their car in a convoy between Arabia and Fino area.
The Governor through a post on Facebook said he is safe but did not divulge further details on whether any member of his team sustained injuries during the 1 pm attack.
This comes barely hours after a night of terror in the same County that claimed 3 lives of security officers.
“I would like to inform the general public that the other leaders and I are safe. Unfortunately, I lost five of my security officers including my personal bodyguard at an attack on my convoy between Arabia and Fino at around 1P.M.We shall give you more details once we are safely back to Mandera town InshaAllah. May their soul Rest In Peace,” reads the post.
According to police, relying on intelligence reports, the terrorists have now split into small groups with key targets at the border towns of Mandera where several incidents were reported last week when four people and a chief was killed.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is now urging the public across the country to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security forces, with fears that the terrorists may be out to stage attacks similar to what happened in the UK on Tuesday killing 22 people.
“Among those we are pursuing include one Abdirizak Maalim Aweys who hails from El Ram location in Mandera County,” the police boss sad.
Aweys, according to police is behind the recent killing of four quarry workers.
He is also believed to be, “behind the laying of IEDs along the roads in Elwak, Kotulo, Chabibar and Fatuma in Mandera Central Sub County.”
With heightened surveillance, the IG has urged members of the public to volunteer information, “that will assist in bringing these terrorists to book for action in accordance with the law.”
According to police, terrorist operatives in the country and the region are likely to stage ‘copycat’ attacks similar to the one in the United Kingdom.
“We wish to appeal to the public to be watchful for any suspicious activity or on the part of any person,” Boinnet appealed.