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Militants carry out grenade attack in Mandera

07 March 2014, 10:22

Mandera - Militants on Thursday hurled a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) in Mandera, but caused no injury, a police officer said.

Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mwivanda said the RPG launched in the southern part of the border at 2 a.m. local time was targeting the border post.

He said the RPG 7 which is normally hurled by a bazooka failed to meet its target because it was overcharged.

"We highly suspect that the RPG was highly charged and that is why when they hurled it overflew and as a result landed in the neighboring Bula Geneva," the police commander said.

Mwivanda said that after the militants hurled the device, they proceeded to fire gunshots. He however said that nobody was injured in the incident.

According to a local who spoke to Xinhua on condition of anonymity, the ten militants started arguing immediately after missing their target, accusing each other of not hitting the target.

"We heard them accuse each other and argue loudly in the local dialect. There after they disappeared on foot," said the man.

The police commander said that security had been enhanced at the border point with more security personnel deployed in the area to beef up security.

"Thank God that these terrorists' evil mission was not accomplished. This is however a wake up call for us that we should not rest our laurels even for a minute because that is when they hit us," said Mwivanda.

Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in October 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.

Several attacks believed to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even as the military reports gains against the Islamist group by capturing their military bases and killing scores of them.

- Xinhua

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