Two people were allegedly shot dead and three others injured on Monday morning in Mandera town by Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) when they defied an order to stop.
The two deceased persons were allegedly shot dead by the military officers after their vehicle blocked the military van prompting the soldiers to shoot at the occupants of the taxi.
The latest incident took place in the wake of a major security operation in the town following terror attacks that left two police officers dead at Lafey area on Sunday.
The operation was conducted by a combined team of military and police officers deployed to the region to hunt down the attackers believed to be hiding near the Kenya-Somalia border.
Confirming the incident, the Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the military shot at the occupants after they allegedly blocked their way at road junction within the town.
“Preliminary investigations show that the civilian vehicle blocked the military van and KDF sensed danger opening fire. The three were injured after they were hit by stray bullets, “said the CC.
The 10.45 am incident happened at the junction of Hills View hotel and ‘Soko Miraa’ a place with relatively high flow of traffic.
Locals have blamed the military for the killing citing extra judicial killings with the local political leadership blaming the disappearance of many youths from the region to the military.
Last Sunday two KDF officers were killed at Elwak on their way to Mandera town by a grenade thrown by suspected Al Shabaab militants.