Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border

Latest news

    At least four children and four policemen have been killed in a roadside explosion in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia, according to police.

    Noah Mwivanda, a senior police officer in Lamu County, said Tuesday’s blast happened between Mararani and Kiunga towns.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    The deadly incident bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Somalia’s al-Shabab armed group, which has previously targeted security forces in the region.

    It increases the death toll from homemade explosives in the last three months to 46, with policemen as the majority of fatalities.

     

    Al-Shabab has carried out more than 100 attacks on Kenya since 2011.

    It says the attacks are retribution for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight them.

    Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is campaigning for re-election in August, did not immediately comment on the latest explosion.

    On Monday, Kenyatta said if re-elected he would “strengthen the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit by acquiring more specialised vehicles to counter and deter the security threats emerging from terrorist groups”.

    Kenya has managed to stop the frequency of al-Shabab attacks in its capital, Nairobi, and major towns, but human rights groups say the government uses methods such as extrajudicial killings that can fuel revenge attacks.

    Fight against armed groups dominates US-Africa defence summit – Inside Story

    View the original article: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/deadly-blast-targets-police-kenya-somalia-border-170627170647558.html

    Source: News agencies

    In the same category are

    Kashmir: Mehbooba Mufti resigns after BJP withdraws support Thousands attended the funeral of prominent journalist Syed Shujaat Bukhari last week in Srinagar Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Mehbooba ...
    The cost of chocolate and the unjust underbelly of supply chains The Ivory Coast and Ghana are the world's first and second-biggest cocoa producers. Yet, many people there are so poor that they can never afford the ...
    World Cup 2018: ‘Mo Salah is fit’, Egypt coach warns Russia Follow Al Jazeera's coverage of the World Cup 2018 here.  Egypt coach Hector Cuper has warned Russia that his star striker Mo Salah is fit for the cr...
    Greece’s crisis-hit poor: ‘No one was bailed out here’ Stavros Manikas has seen his wages cut by more than half in recent years Drapetsona, Greece - Stavros Manikas, who has lived in one of the poorest ...
    High hopes for Senegal before World Cup opener against Poland Senegal are hoping to improve on their 2002 performance where the team reached the quarter-finals Follow Al Jazeera's coverage of the World Cup 201...
    Ethiopia PM: Security agencies committed ‘terrorist acts’ Abiy made the admission on Monday while addressing lawmakers in Addis Ababa Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his country's security instit...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.