Kenya official blames extremists for sabotage

2017-08-07 21:38
Electricity pylons. (Brent Meersman, GroundUp)

Electricity pylons. (Brent Meersman, GroundUp)

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Nairobi - A Kenya government official says suspected Islamic extremists have blown up an electricity pylon creating a blackout in the coastal Lamu County on the eve of national elections.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company Manager for Lamu County Bernard Munywere Kataka said Monday an electricity pylon carrying over 220 kilovolts of electricity fell after the blast.

Police say a roadside bomb suspected to have been planted by Somalia's rebels al-Shabaab in the same area injured two people travelling in a lorry.

Al-Shabaab have vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troop to Somalia to fight the militants.

Kenya will be conducting general elections on Tuesday for the presidency and more than 1 800 elected officials, including governors, legislative representatives and county officials.

Fears of violence were increased by the murder of an electoral official in charge of technology days ahead of the polls

Read more on:    kenya  |  kenya 2017 elections  |  east africa
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