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Four KDF soldiers injured after IED goes off on military van 

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 Somalia border.  

The incident happened at 3 p.m. at the border point 4 in Mandera along the Kenya-Somalia border.

Kutwsa Olaka, Mandera county commissioner survived the IED as he was traveling in a separate vehicle in the convey with the KDF patrolling the border.

“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 officials.

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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 traditional celebrations.

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.

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Four al-Shabab fighters killed in Somalia

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 

SNA commander 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.”

             

 

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