Eight Kenyan police officials were killed in the eastern part of the country on Sunday after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device planted by Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group, police said.
“We had an attack this afternoon and eight officers have been killed,” said northeastern regional coordinator, Mohamud Ali Saleh, the area’s top security official.
Saleh said the bombing occurred in Bojigaras, in the east of Wajir county.“We suspect the involvement of the Shabaab and we are looking for them,” he added.
The use of improvised explosive devices against police and military patrols in the northern and eastern border regions with Somalia have become relatively common. Over the past year, Shabaab insurgents, based in Somalia, have claimed several such attacks killing dozens of Kenyan police and soldiers.
Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s government, establish their own rule based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law and drive out of the country peacekeepers deployed by the African Union.
The militants frequently launch attacks in neighboring Kenya to pressure it to withdraw its troops which form part of the peacekeeping force.
Earlier this month, five Kenyan police officers were killed in a similar attack in the same region.