Roadside blast kills 10 security officers in Kenyan border

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Photo of a destroyed vehicle at the site of a blast in Garissa county, Kenya (Xinhua)
Photo of a destroyed vehicle at the site of a blast in Garissa county, Kenya (Xinhua)

A roadside blast killed at least 10 Kenyan paramilitary police officers in Garissa county along Kenya-Somalia border on Saturday, a security official said.

A senior police officer said the security officers from Harehare General Service Unit (GSU) Camp lost their lives when their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) suspected to have been planted by al-Shabab militants at Degoh road between Liboi and Damajale.

“The vehicle was extensively damaged,” said the police officer who did not want to be identified.

He said several security officers have been dispatched to the scene to crack down the militants.

Inspector-General of Police in Kenya, Hillary Mutyambai, confirmed the 4 p.m. incident and said reinforcement has been sent to the scene to pursue the attackers.

“Unfortunately we lost some officers and the vehicle they were traveling in was severely damaged,” Mutyambai said, noting that investigations have been launched.

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