Three killed, two hurt in road blast

Pretoria News - - PROTEST -

A ROAD­SIDE blast killed at least three peo­ple while two peo­ple sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries in Garissa County, north-east Kenya, yes­ter­day, a re­gional gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

Ni­code­mus Ndalana, north­east­ern re­gional com­mis­sioner, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened when a county gov­ern­ment am­bu­lance which was rush­ing pa­tients to hospi­tal ran over an im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice.

Ndalana said the vic­tims in­cluded a driver and an el­derly mother and her son, who were killed on the spot en route to Hu­lugho from San­gailu ward.

Lo­cals said that im­me­di­ately af­ter the at­tack, sus­pected al-Shabaab mil­i­tants sprayed the ve­hi­cle with gun­fire, leav­ing two oth­ers crit­i­cally in­jured.

Kenya’s De­fence Forces have air­lifted the in­jured vic­tims to their camp in San­gailu.

The area is near the ex­pan­sive Boni for­est that the gov­ern­ment had said was a safe haven for the mil­i­tants.

Garissa Gover­nor Ali Ko­rane said he was deeply sad­dened by the “heinous ex­plo­sive at­tack” that killed the three peo­ple trav­el­ling in an am­bu­lance in the prov­ince.

“Those killed in­cluded the driver and a pa­tient. I con­demn this heart­less at­tack. Per­pe­tra­tors of ter­ror in all forms must be de­feated,” Ko­rane said.

Garissa County deputy county sec­re­tary Ab­di­rashid Mo­hamed said it was a dark day for the health fra­ter­nity and Garissa prov­ince at large.

He noted that there was se­ri­ous con­cern about the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, which he said needed ur­gent ac­tion.

“The UN laws on con­flicts and wars clearly stip­u­late that no-one should at­tack an am­bu­lance.

“This al-Shabaab men­ace has no re­spect for hu­man­ity. It’s time we act col­lec­tively to fight this,” Mo­hamed said.

There has been height­ened se­cu­rity around the coun­try, with se­cu­rity agen­cies placed on a state of alert amid re­ports that al-Shabaab might be plan­ning at­tacks against Kenya in un­spec­i­fied lo­ca­tions.

The po­lice have also stepped up se­cu­rity around vi­tal in­stal­la­tions likely to be tar­gets of at­tacks by al-Shabaab, who ap­pear to have scaled up at­tacks on Kenya.

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