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12 Oct 2019 | 09:11 PM UTC

Kenya: IED detonation kills ten police officers in Garissa county October 12 /update 1

Kenya News Alert

Detonation of improvised explosive device (IED) kills ten Kenyan police officers in Garissa county, near Kenyan-Somali border, on October 12; Al-Shabaab militants suspected to have carried out attack

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/1/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Garissa

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Event

The detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) killed at least ten Kenyan police officers in Garissa county, near the Kenyan-Somali border, on Saturday, October 12. While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, police suspect that Al-Shabaab militants planted the IED.

Similar attacks are to be expected near the Kenyan-Somali border over the near term.

Context

Al-Shabaab continues to carry out attacks near Kenya's porous border with Somalia as well as in coastal areas in retaliation for Kenya's participation in a multinational force fighting Al-Shabaab in Somalia since 2011.

Advice

Individuals in Kenya are advised to monitor developments, avoid nonessential travel to areas near the Kenyan-Somali border due to the risk of terror-related violence, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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