At least 10 people died in Kenya when vehicle overcame explosives


People injured in the blast arrive for treatment on January 31, 2022 at a referral hospital in Mandera, northeastern Kenya. (AP photo)

Nairobi, Kenya-Local officials in northeastern Kenya said at least 10 people were killed after a vehicle ran over an explosive device on the highway on Monday morning.

Northeastern commander George Seda said the explosion took place outside the town of Mandela. It was not clear how many people were in the car. Witnesses said charges could rise because others were seriously injured.

Police suspect that the explosive device was deployed by al-Shabaab militants operating in the area after it passed from nearby Somalia. Radicals are often blamed for such attacks in border areas targeting both security forces and civilians.

Police reported the explosion on Monday, and the attackers fled to the border.

Associated Press

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