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10 GSU officers killed in Garissa IED attack

JOEL ODIDIBy JOEL ODIDI
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At least ten General Service Unit (GSU) officers were killed on Saturday after their vehicle run over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on the Degoh Road in Garissa County.

The officers from Harehare GSU Camp were on patrol along the Kenya-Somalia border when their Toyota Land Cruiser ran over an IED suspected to have been planted on the road by Al Shabaab militants. Police have said the vehicle was extensively damaged.

In a statement, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said a joint patrol team of Kenya Defence Forces, Administration Police, Rapid Response Police Unit and Kenya Police Service had been dispatched to the area to pursue the attackers.    

“The National Police Service regrets to inform the public that NPS officers were on patrol along Damajale-Harehare Road near the Kenya-Somali border when the motor vehicle they were travelling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device,” the statement by Mr Mutyambai read.

In June this year, at least four people were killed after the vehicle they were travelling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device in border town of Kulan in Garissa County.

Security sources and locals told the Nation that the four died on the spot when the vehicle belonging ADESO, a non-governmental organisation working in Somalia, ran over the device.

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The workers were going to their offices in Dobley when the they met their deaths.