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Unanswered questions as more blasts rock Mandera

15 October 2014, 18:01

Nairobi - Plenty of un-answered questions remain as more blasts rock Mandera town.

According to police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki, Mandera Governor Ali Roba was not injured by the device that had been planted on the roadside and timed to hit the convoy at Rhamu bus stop.

Mboroki said the device is believed to have been buried onto the road by unknown assailants some minutes before the convoy of the governor heading to the County headquarter offices passed.

"Nobody was injured in the 9 a.m. incident, but one of the vehicles which were on rear of the convoy suffered a slight shattering on its window screen due to the impact of the explosives," she said by phone.

Mboroki said police are still investigating the motive and those behind the planting of the explosive on the busy road.

"It is very early to speculate the types of explosive device involved and the motives of those who planted them," she said.

Mboroki said police will carry out a thorough investigation to establish criminals planting of a dead explosive on roads.

The residents said the blast was loud that it caused huge damage on one of the governor's vehicles. It is not clear who was behind the incident.

Kenya Red Cross said two people had been injured in the incident. Roba declined to comment on the incident.

Read also: Mandera Governor happy to be alive after surviving blast

Mandera, which is a town riddled with past explosive attacks from suspected Islamist terror group based in a neigbouring war- ravaged Somalia and incessant inter clan fighting between the minority Degodia and the majority Garre community, has enjoyed relative calm in the last few months.

The blast was the latest in a series that have happened in the area. Most of the blasts are rarely solved and are pending before police.

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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