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Mandera Governor happy to be alive after surviving blast

15 October 2014, 13:33 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - There is no indication yet as to the perpetrators of the attack on the convoy of Mandera Governor Ali Roba.

The Governor survived unscathed after an explosion rocked his motorcade Wednesday morning as he was heading to his office from his house within Mandera town.

The blast damaged one of his vehicles but in the process injured an aide. The aid were rushed to the Mandera County General hospital for treatment on his hand and was discharged.

Roba though, says he does not know who is behind the attack and says that he is still investigating the matter.

" At this moment I do not know. We know it is not the first time an attempt has been made on my life and we are yet to fully know who is behind it, he told News24 on phone.

Police on the ground confirmed the incident that took place at 8.43 AM in the morning and said it was caused by an IED.

" The Governor is lucky to survive because the IED was aimed at his vehicle. It instead hit the other and that is how he managed to escape injury or even death", a policeman at the scene not authorized to speak told News24.

Roba was clearly shaken by the incident and rushed to safety, but he says he is happy to be alive.

Read also : Mandera Governor Roba survives blast

" I thank God for life and I am happy and lucky to be alive", he added.

Area residents however claim that the police have slept on the job, saying that anyone in Mandera is a walking target.

" It is upto the police to ensure we are safe and they have not. To this day there have been several attacks and no one has been arrested or even prosecuted. We are not safe here", Ali Mohammed a boda boda operator complained.

Roba's team confirmed that the Governor will also comment on the incident at a later time.

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