Authorities in Kenya say a donkey cart carrying a suspected improvised bomb has blown up at a checkpoint on the Kenya-Somalia border, killing one Kenyan police officer and critically wounding 4 others
NAIROBI, Kenya — A donkey cart carrying a suspected improvised bomb blew up at a checkpoint on the Kenya-Somalia border Thursday, killing one Kenyan police officer and critically wounding 4 others, authorities mentioned.
A Kenyan police report seen by The Related Press mentioned the cart pulled by two donkeys and ridden by one man handed the Somali checkpoint of Bula Hawa and entered Kenyan territory, the place it was stopped by officers to examine the load.
The rider jumped off and ran again into Somalia moments earlier than the cart exploded, inflicting an enormous hearth on the border submit within the northern county of Mandera, the report mentioned.
The report mentioned that the cart’s driver was arrested by Somali police as he tried to flee, and that the Mandera county safety workforce was negotiating with the Bula Hawa police to have him handed over to Kenyan authorities.
Nobody claimed duty for the assault, however suspicion instantly fell on al-Shabab, a Somalia-based extremist group linked to al-Qaida.
Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops into Somalia in 2011 to struggle the militants. The group had staged a string of kidnappings of Westerners inside Kenya that threatened the nation’s tourism; a key pillar of its financial system.
The Kenyan forces turned a part of the African Union peacekeeping mission that has bolstered Somalia’s weak authorities for greater than 20 years in opposition to an al-Shabab insurgency. The AU mission final yr started a drawdown of it troops beneath a U.N. Safety Council decision to return management to the Somali authorities.
In recent times, al-Shabab assaults in Kenya have been restricted to roadside bombs primarily focusing on the army and police. On Monday, 5 cops have been wounded when their truck was hit by a roadside bomb in Lafey Mandera county.