GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Six Kenyan police officers were injured on
Tuesday evening after the vehicle in which they were traveling
in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Garissa
country near the Somali border.
Garissa County Police Commander, confirmed the incident at
Masalani area after police officers from Ijara camp were
attacked by people believed to be al-Shabab while they were
escorting a bulldozer to Sangailu police camp in Holugho
He said the vehicle
ran over the IED leading to a blast and injuries. It was badly
damaged. Kerina said police officers exchanged heavy gunfire
with militants who fled after being overpowered.
“The officers have
been injured although they are all out of danger and they have
been airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment,” Kerina
told Xinhua by phone.
however told Xinhua that the driver of the vehicle is believed
to be in critical condition. No arrest was made. The militants
also stole an AK 47 rifle and a pistol belonging to the police
It is believed that
the explosive was set up on the road by al-Shabab terrorists
operating in the area which is near to the Kenya-Somalia border.
have staged a string of attacks in Kenya, including the April 2,
2015 massacre at Garissa University that left 148 students dead
and a 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall that