Three killed, two hurt in road blast
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.