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Three civilians injured in roadside blast along Kiunga-Hiundi road

LAMU (Xinhua) -- Three civilians were seriously injured after a truck they were traveling in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in the coastal Lamu County on Saturday.

Joseph Kanyiri, director of Operation Linda Boni, confirmed the incident, saying the IED was planted by the militants along the Kiunga-Hiundi road.

Kanyiri said the civilian truck was ferrying merchandise to Kiunga when it ran over the explosive device.

"Three civilian crew members riding on the lorry suffered injuries from the explosion.

They have since been evacuated and given medical aid," he added.

Linda Boni is an operation which was launched by the Kenyan government in 2015 to hunt down and eliminate al-Shabab militants from the areas including the vast Boni forest where the insurgents use as their hideout location.

Residents said the IED is suspected to have been planted by the al-Shabab militants and has extensively damaged the truck.

Lamu County has been in the spotlight for some years owing to increased scathing attacks by the al-Shabab militants that have left hordes of security officers and civilians dead.
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