Kenya: Eight Officers Killed as Al-Shabaab Stage Three Attacks in Wajir, Garissa and Lamu Counties

Nairobi — At least eight police officers were killed Tuesday in Bodhei at the border of Lamu and Garissa counties when the vehicle they were travelling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device.

The officers drawn from the special forces unit were on routine patrol before the incident, the latest in a series of attacks in the North targeting security personnel.

Authorities said the officers died on the spot following the IED attack that has been blamed on the Somalia-based Al-Qaeda linked jihadist group Al-Shabaab.

The bodies were recovered but the identities of the victims were yet been established because of the level of explosion that reportedly dismembered their bodies.

The vehicle was also destroyed beyond recognition.

The number of officers who were on board the vehicle, have not been established,

The scene was processed by security personnel who responded to the scene.

In another separate attack reported near Mararani suspected, Al Shabaab militants attacked security officers using a rocket propelled grenade, RPG.

Earlier, three people were injured when suspected Al-Shabaab militants waylaid a Mandera-bound bus in Wajir before spraying it with bullets.

In recent weeks, there has been a surge in Al-Shabaab attacks in the North Eastern and Coastal regions which has resulted to deaths and injuries.