Kenya official: Roadside bomb blows up passenger vehicle

Kenya official: Roadside bomb blows up passenger vehicle

Four people were killed and 11 injured when their Landcruiser detonated a bomb planted on a road in northeast Kenya on Friday, a senior government official said, in the latest of a series of such attacks.

The al-Qaida-affiliated al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the extremists.

Shisia termed the scene of the attack as a terror hotspot area where several attacks have happened on civilian and security vehicles.

It is at this volatile stretch that Mandera Governor, Ali Roba's convoy was attacked in the same fashion leading to the death of five police officers attached to his security detail. "We had discouraged vehicles from using this road", he added.

The government administrator said 15 people were on board in the PSV Land cruiser from Elwak town headed to Mandera town on Friday.

Mandera county commissioner Fredrick Shisia said 11 other passengers were injured.

A government official, who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, said the attack occurred on a border patrol route between the towns of Lafey and Elwak.

"It is unfortunate these attacks are happening during the month of Ramadan, these criminals pretend to be holy but we have all seen the hypocrisy in them", Shisia said.

"The vehicle was using a prohibited road which is classified as unsafe because of proximity to the border".

The sporadic IED attacks that the Somalia based terror outfit Al Shabaab has been using along the Kenya Somalia border in the recent past, has led to the death of 30 people since the month of May 2017.

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