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Several killed in Matatu explosion

Security forces are pursuing leads.

File photo: Police line

Authorities have reported that several people were killed on Monday, January 31, 2022 in Mandera.

According to credible reports reaching the news desk, the matatu was travelling to Mandera town when it ran over an improvisd explosive device.

The Star reported that at least 10 were killed while Standard reported 13 fatalities, but authorities are yet to confirm the official number.

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According to eye witnesses reports, the incident took place on Monday at around 6am along the Arabia - Mandera Highway.

Police believe the device was set up by al-Shabaab terrorists who had crossed the porous Kenya-Somalia border.

North Eastern's new regional commander, George Seda, stated that no arrests were made following the attack, but that forces were on the ground pursuing leads.

National Police Spokesperson Bruno Shioso said that 9 had died, 7 sustained injuries while unknown number fled into the shrubs.

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He added that a GSU squad which was patroling the area heard the explosion and rushed to the scene.

Terror alert

On Friday January 28, 2022 Shioso assured members of the public that security apparatus are on high alert and ready to prevent any impending attacks, following an alert by the French Embassy in Nairobi.

The National Police Service has progressively fortified its security systems in information sharing; we value credible, verifiable and authentic information.

The Service has re-engineered her police units in line with modern-day policing dynamics, challenges and emerging threats. Security operations that ensure that imminent attacks are forestalled proactively remain our priority,” Shiso said in a statement.

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He reiterated that security in the country had been scaled-up through different policing operations and urged the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities through the toll-free numbers: 999, 911, 112, 0800 722 203.

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