After Attack on Police, al-Shabaab hit Grenade on Ambulance in Northeastern Kenya, Kills One

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One person was killed and three others injured in a suspected al-Shabaab attack on an ambulance in the border town of Hulugho, Garissa County.

The incident happened less than 12 hours after another suspected terrorist attack claimed the lives of five police officers in Mandera.

The officers were reportedly escorting a passenger bus when they were hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Confirming the incident, Kenya Northeastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said the ambulance driver died on the spot.

He said three other people on board suffered injuries as the ambulance heading to a local medical facility was hit by a home-made bomb.

Saleh told the Local media in Kenya that the militants were being sighted along the border since the start of the holy month of Ramadhan, and are targeting soft spots on the area.

“The vehicle they were travelling in hit an improvised explosive device that we believe must have been planted on the road long time ago; the driver died but three others are out of danger and there was not much damage to the ambulance,” said the regional boss.

SMOKED OUT

“As you can see, they are targeting border areas because they are not frequently used and not busy as such but we have intensified our security operations to ensure Al-Shabaab operatives are smoked out,” he added.

According to a statement from the Garissa Governor‘s office, the driver of the ambulance was identified as Abey Dubow Mohamed while those injured were Kassim Ahmed, a community health nutritionist, Mohamed Yussuf, a student at Hulugho Secondary School, and Farah Abdi.

While condoling with family of the bereaved, the county government said the vehicle was en-route to pick up a patient for referral to Hulugho Sub-County Hospital when it ran over the explosive between Sangailu and Hulugho sub-counties.

“I would like to condemn in the strongest terms the cowardly, hateful and un-Islamic act which resulted in the death of our able driver.

“On behalf of people of Garissa, I also wish to convey my deepest condolence to the family and friends of Mr Abey Mohamed who died while diligently executing his duties for Garissa County government,” read the statement.

Source: Daily Nation