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Four die after bus hits IED in Mandera

NAIROBI (SD) – At least four people have died and ten others sustained on Wednesday morning after an IED suspected to have been planted on a road hit a bus they were travelling in Mandera near Somalia.

Confirming the incident, the police said the incident happened at around 8am on the Mandera-Arabia road as the bus was heading to Mandera town from Lafey.

The victims are undergoing treatment at Mandera County Referral Hospital.

“We don’t have blood at our blood bank at the moment yet most of the patients need blood. We might lose more people due to lack of blood,” a medical staff who sought on anonymity said.

Pictures taken at the site showed the bus roof ripped off with casualties lying around the scene.

North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nicholas Ndalana said officers have been dispatched to the border county to pursue the attackers who are suspected to be Al Shabaab militants.

The incident comes a day after heavily armed al-shabaab fighters stormed a police camp in Lafey, Mandera County.

According to locals in the area, the fighters fired two Rocket Propelled Grenades and fired several times into the Border Patrol Unit camp in Sheikh Barrow area.

Police authorities said no injury was reported in the attack. It is not clear how many of the attackers were at the site.

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