Blast injures 4 soldiers in Kenyan border town
29 July 2016, 19:31
Mandera (Xinhua) -- At least four Kenyan soldiers were injured on Thursday after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device planted by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Kenya's border county of Mandera.
Mandera Deputy County Commissioner, Eric Oronyi, said the soldiers were on their way to Damasa and Fino, areas where suspected Al-Shabaab militants early Thursday destroyed communication mast after a fierce shootout with security officers.
Local authorities said the exchange of fire was heavy but there were no casualties on the police side. The group escaped after blowing up the mast.
Mandera County Police Commander, Job Boronjo, said the improvised explosive device was planted in the middle of the road. He said tension in the area remained high as residents were in fear of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants who they said might be within the area.
The Somalia-based militants have previously targeted military and police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in Kenya's northeastern region, especially in Mandera and Garissa counties. A number of security personnel have died as a result of the attacks.
Kenyan troops are serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia battling Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia.