3 police officers killed, 2 injured by bomb blast in Kenya

2017-05-24 10:53
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Nairobi - Three police officers were killed and two others injured when their vehicle ran over an improvised bomb near Kenya's eastern border with Somalia, a Kenyan official said on Wednesday.

The police vehicle was moving from Kula Police Post toward the Liboi border town, North Eastern Regional Co-ordinator Mohamud Saleh said. He said three other officers have been unhurt.

The incident came a day after police chief Joseph Boinnet announced al-Shabaab extremists were stepping up attacks on Kenya. Boinnet said al-Shabaab is under pressure from African Union troops supporting Somalia's weak government against al-Shabaab's insurgency.

In the last two weeks, attacks by the group in Garissa and Mandera counties have increased after a lull. Last week, an improvised bomb killed four people in a vehicle, including a minor.

Mandera County has been hardest hit in recent years by an al-Shabaab campaign to avenge Kenyan troop presence in Somalia since 2011.

Kenya's troops are part of the African Union force in Somalia. Kenya has managed to stop the frequency of al-Shabaab 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.

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