Five police officers killed in Kenya bomb attack

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Five police officers were killed on Thursday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in northern Kenya.

The attack comes a day after eight officers were killed in two separate attacks on Wednesday. Islamist extremist group Al-Shabaab has reportedly claimed responsibility for all three attacks over the two-day period.

 

Spate of attacks

Thirteen police officers have now been killed in three separate attacks in northeast Kenya, near the Somali border. The officers caught in Thursday’s attack were heading to Liboi in Garissa County, which lies about 6km from the Somali border.

“The five police officers killed in the attack were headed to boost the ongoing operation in Liboi,” regional coordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh confirmed on Thursday.

Their vehicle struck an explosive device between Malelei and Kulan in Garissa County, according to the Kenya Red Cross.

This came after two separate attacks on Wednesday – another in Garissa County and one Mandera, further north along the Somali border. Kenyan police recently warned about the increased risk of attacks int he area after Al-Shabaab fighters were detected crossing the border in small numbers.

 

Al-Shabaab warns Kenya

The terrorist group promises it will continue to target Kenya in attacks until it pulls its troops out of the African Union mission fighting against them in Somalia. Kenya Kenya contributes roughly 3,500 troops to a 22,000-strong AU mission battling against the extremist group.

This has made Kenya a regular target for attacks over the years, particularly along its shared border with Somalia. Garissa is one of the worst casualties of these attacks – most notably the 2015 attack on Garissa University that killed 148 people, most of whom were students.

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.