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IED kills six in Elwak town, Mandera

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A donkey cart carrying a suspected improvised bomb blew up outside an eatery in Elwak town in Mandera county killing six people and critically wounding five others.

Authorities confirmed that the explosion happened Monday at 7.12 am. The targeted premise is frequented by non-locals and is also a recruitment base for casual labourers.

Four people died on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries at the Elwak sub-county hospital.

A clearance patrol is currently being conducted by a multi-agency security team led by the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).

The Member of Parliament for Mandera South Abdul Haro has strongly condemned the incident, pledging support for the affected individuals.

A survivor of the blast identified as John urged authorities to enhance security measures in the area.

“We came to this town to look for jobs, but if this is the case, we want security to be strengthened everywhere,” said John.

Sylvester Alan noted that the area is frequently visited by non-locals seeking menial jobs and called on security personnel to ensure everyone’s safety.

Equity Bank said it had suspended operations at its local branch following the explosion.

“We regret to inform you, that our Elwak Branch, Mandera County will remain closed today following an explosion in Elwak Town. We confirm that our branch and the staff in Elwak are safe. However, as the security agencies continue with investigations…” the bank said in a post on X.

The area is near the Kenya-Somalia border, from where militants have in the past infiltrated and launched attacks.

 

Adesh Macan
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