Five more police officers died while another one injured in yet another attack in Liboi, Mandera County a day after eight police officers were killed in the Somalia border towns.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, the fresh attack happened between Malelei and Kulan after a police vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
This incident comes just a day after three police officers were killed in Liboi and five others in Mandera under similar circumstances, and it is feared that Somalia based Al Shabaab militia are now targeting police officers.
“A vehicle is reported to have ran over an IED between Malelei & Kulan, Garissa county. 5 feared dead & 1 injured. RedCross responding,” the Kenya Red Cross tweeted.
There has been no word from Police Headquarters over the series of attacks, even though Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet had earlier warned of imminent attacks targeting officers.
“Al Shabaab militants are dispatching operatives into parts of north eastern region to lay IEDs along routes used by our security patrols in efforts to frustrate our security operations at the border areas,” the police statement from the Inspector General dispatched to newsrooms on Monday said.
Kenya Defense Force soldiers are now part of a 22,000-strong African Union mission fighting in Somalia, in an attempt to subdue the terror group.