Several security officers are feared dead after the vehicle they were travelling in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) in Wajir County.
Wajir County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara stated the vehicle hit the IED at Bojigaras and the number of casualties is yet to be confirmed.
Reports have alleged the victims included five Administration Police Officers and three police reservists.
North Eastern regional coordinator Muhammad Saleh stated that those behind the attack escaped soon after the incident.
Saleh remarked: “The attackers escaped soon after the blast and we suspect Al-Shabaab is behind it.”
Authorities last week warned the terrorists planned to stage attacks ahead of the end of Ramadan period.
On June 6 at least 6 paramilitary personnel were killed and three others injured when their vehicle ran over an explosive at Liboi, Garissa County.
The scene of the attack in Harhar area is less than two kilometres from the main Kenya-Somalia border where General Service Unit officers were patrolling the border aboard a truck when it ran over the Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Witnesses stated the explosive killed the five from Harhar GSU camp and badly damaged the vehicle. The three who survived were also badly wounded. Other reports stated they were pursuing contraband sugar when they were hit.
The deaths were the latest and came after a long lull from terror related incidents that have been experienced in the area. There were indications of imminent attacks in the area and locals reported to authorities of movements that indicated Al-Shabaab terror group was planning an attack.