MANDERA (Xinhua) --
Four Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers were
injured on Tuesday after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
went off on a military van they were traveling in along the
happened at 3 p.m. at the border point 4 in Mandera along the
Mandera county commissioner survived the IED as he was traveling
in a separate vehicle in the convey with the KDF patrolling the
“I cannot link the
incident to the al-Shabaab as we all know they have sympathizers
living in our midst making it hard to conclude who attacked our
convoy,” said Kutswa.
He added that an
unknown assailant encroached the border and planted the device
targeting the KDF officers patrolling the border.
Kutswa said that
nobody has been arrested in connection with the attack but
security agents say they are following crucial leads to
apprehend suspects behind the incident.
The government has
constructed a security wall along the Somalia border to deter
attacks from the Somalia-based terror group of the al-Shabaab.
The militant group
has in the past attacked residents of Mandera during the
Christmas festive period killing security agents and government
Two killed, 13 injured in bomb
blast in southern Somalia
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A bomb blast has killed at least two people and
injured 13 others in Somalia’s southern town of Baidao, police
said on Tuesday.
A police officer who
declined to be named told Xinhua that the bomb placed along the
road exploded as the youth of the town gathered to hold
A resident, Ahmed
Nur, told Xinhua by phone that the area was targeted because it
was where the youth were holding the celebrations.
“Everyone felt panic
and shocked when they suddenly heard a huge blast which rocked
the area and everyone began to run for his safety,” he said.
No one has claimed
responsibility for the latest attack but the militant group al-Shabab
has conducted similar attacks in the past.
Four al-Shabab fighters killed
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali army killed at least four al-Shabab
militants in fierce fighting in the country’s southern region on
Sunday, the authority said Monday.
The battle erupted
as the militants attempted to ambush a convoy of the Somali
National Army (SNA) in Middle Shabelle region.
“We were traveling
along the road between Jowhar and Bal’ad when the terrorists
attacked us but our military forces fought back bravely killing
four of them,” said Qasim Ahmed, a
without revealing the army’s causalities.
Ali Hasan, a local
resident, said he heard heavy gunfire. “At first we thought it
was a battle between tribal militias, but we learnt it was an
ambush on military forces.”