13 people have been confirmed dead and scores injured after a matatu they were travelling in treaded an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) along the Arabia – Mandera Road.
The authorities investigating the matter have attributed the recent attacks to the Somalia-based Al Shabaab militants.
Reports by onlookers indicate that the tragic incident took place at around 6:00 AM on Monday, January 31.
North Eastern Regional Commander, George Seda, confirmed the incident, pointing out that the police had received the sad news from other road users who were plying the road.
He asserted that they were on a hot pursuit to hunt the attackers who had planted the IED, but none had been arrested at the time of the reporting.
This development comes days after foreign consulates released a terror attack alert to its citizens in the country, warning them not to visit public areas prone to Al Shabaab attacks.
The alarm issued by the embassies were however dismissed by National Police Service (NPS), which stated that there was nothing to worry about as security had been heightened throughout the country.
This was also followed by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s closed-door meetings with security officials led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, where the government assured citizens that the country is safe but urged them to be vigilant.
“President Kenyatta thanked the security chiefs for ensuring sustained peace and tranquillity in the country and assured the officials of continued Government backing, especially in this period leading up to the forthcoming General Election,” read the statement.