Five policemen die in Kenya bomb attack

No fewer than five policemen have been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Kenya, police authorities said on Wednesday.

The attack came as the government of Kenya vows to avenge the killing of an undisclosed number of its troops by terrorist group, Al-Shabaab, in Somalia.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet confirmed “there was an incident where a police lorry hit an
improvised explosive device” on Tuesday, but gave no casualty toll.

One senior police officer, who asked not to be named, said five officers were killed in the blast as the truck drove towards Mpeketoni, in the coastal Lamu region.

The army has said that it is not leaving Somalia and remains committed to the fight. “There is a reason that took us to Somalia, which is to liberate and pacify those areas, and the mission is still on,” army spokesman David Obonyo said.

However, Kenyan soldiers are beginning to pull out from some of its bases in southern Somalia, vacating no fewer than two military bases in El-Adde and Badhaadhe. The terrorists are said to have occupied the bases after the withdrawal.

Meanwhile, officials have been reluctant to give numbers of those killed in attacks after Al-Shabaab militants stormed a Kenyan army base at El-Adde in southwest Somalia.

The al-Qaeda-linked group stated that more than 100 Kenyan soldiers were killed and others captured.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that the group will “have no time to breathe” and vowed revenge. He is due to attend a memorial service of the dead soldiers on Wednesday and will also visit Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

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