Nine police officers died in two separate terror attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Mandera and Garissa on Wednesday.
Five officers in the Mandera incident were in a convoy escorting Governor Ali Roba to a political rally when their vehicle was blown by a landmine in Fino area.
In Garissa, four Administration Police officers died and two others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine near Kulan Dam in Liboi in morning.
Three police officers identified as Dennis Mwachiru, Titus Mwangi and Peter Gakuo were unhurt.
The police officers were travelling along the Liboi-Milan Road in a vehicle belonging to Kulan Administration Police Post when it hit the IED at around 6 a.m.
Interior secretary Joseph Nkaissery termed the response by the police to the attacks commendable.
“This menace still remains. We must be vigilant at all times to secure our citizens especially in the North. Though there are those incidents where the officers lost their lives, the response was commendable.”
North Eastern Regional Co-ordinator Mohamud Saleh blamed Al-Shabaab for the attack.
“They have resorted to planting explosives because they now find it difficult to carry out attacks as they used to, because security has been beefed up along borders and in nearby towns,” he said.
Report by Stella Cherono, Manase Otsialo and Abdimalik Hajir.