May 1, 2024

Bomb hidden in donkey cart kills five in Kenya

Bomb hidden in donkey cart kills five in Kenya

A bomb hidden in a donkey cart killed five people and severely injured five others in northeastern Kenya on Monday, according to interior ministry officials.

The incident happened  in a Kenyan town on the border with Somalia when the explosion occurred and no one has claimed responsibility in the area often targeted by the Somalia-based Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.

“The bomb unleashed by the criminals was laden on a donkey cart to avoid detection,” said Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki in a prepared statement.

He added, “The crime scene [in the town of El Wak] has been sealed off for evacuation and investigations while various security formations are in pursuit of the attackers.”

Kindiki did not identify any suspects in the attack, for which nobody immediately claimed responsibility. The region, however, is often targeted by al-Shabab militants.

The Somalia-based terror group has carried out attacks in Kenya in retaliation for Nairobi’s military support of Mogadishu’s counterterror efforts. Kenya is a major supporter of a broader multinational effort to stabilize the Horn of Africa.

The military mission is planned to end in December, which would leave Somalia largely responsible for its own security.