Twin Explosions Kill 2 in El Wak Near Mandera

  • Two blasts in El Wak town near Mandera on Thursday left 2 people confirmed dead and several others seriously injured.

    First, a blast was reported at a tea shop close to El Wak Police Station.

    According to area residents, A second Improvised Explosive Device (IED) then went off at another tea shop.

    At least 10 people were said to have sustained serious injuries.

    The attacks come barely a day after after officers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) conducted a raid in El Wak.

    El Wak is a divided town with part of it in Somalia while the rest lies in Kenya.

    The officers conducted the raid after an IED was used to attack a KDF vehicle outside Daba City in El Wak, Mandera County.

    They were accused of brutality with 22 people injured during the operation as a number of houses were also torched.

    A week earlier, area locals turned on non-locals at the El Wak health facility where one of them was killed by a stray bullet during riots to protest against the Anti-Stock Theft Police Unit.

    It was alleged that officers from the unit picked five members of a family during a security operation but three of them were later found dead.

    Two non-locals were stoned to death in the attacks condemned by Economic Freedom Party (EFP) officials.

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