The eight were in their vehicle heading to their workstation at the Kenya-Somalia border wall – The deputy county commissioner expressed concern over the lack of security officers who always accompany the workers to their workstations –
The commissioner said investigations have been launched to establish why the contractor let the workers go without security officers Six people have died and two others injured after a vehicle they were traveling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Elwak area in Mandera County.
Mandera South Deputy County Commissioner Paul Kemei said the eight were on their way to their workstation at the Kenya-Somalia border where they were clearing a road.
“The victims have been clearing a road along the security wall and they were hit by what we suspect to be an improvised explosive device,” said Kenei as reported by the Daily Nation on Monday, August 13.
He said the device that exploded at 10am must have been planted at the area earlier in the morning by suspected al-Shabaab militants. Kenei said the team is always escorted to the site by security officers but he did not understand why they were not guarded on Monday.
He said investigations were underway to find out why the contractor let his team go to the site without security officers. In the past three years, over 100 security agents have been killed through IEDs in Lamu, Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties.