5 police killed in suspected al-Shabaab attack in Kenya

Baku, May 25, AZERTAC

Five police officers attached to a Kenyan government official were killed Wednesday after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device in Kenya's Mandera County, according to Anadolu Agency.

Confirming the deaths of the police officers, Mandera County Governor Ali Roba said in a statement that among the dead was his bodyguard.

"Unfortunately, I lost five of my security officers including my personal bodyguard at an attack on my convoy between Arabia and Fino [towns]," the governor said, noting that he and the other leaders who were in the convoy were safe.

According to witnesses who spoke to Kenyan local media, the vehicles carrying the Kenyan leaders had not reached the location where the bomb had been placed.

The attack spelled double tragedy for the Kenyan police as earlier Wednesday, three police officers were killed and eight others injured in a similar attack in Liboi town, which lies around 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the Somali border in Garissa county.

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