<!--[if IE]><![endif]-->
Africa
Africa

Roadside bomb kills several police officers in east Kenya

  • 15 June 2019
Kenyan police officers drive in their truck (file photo) Image copyright Reuters Image caption Al-Shabab have been fighting Kenyan troops because of Kenya's support for the Somali government

At least eight Kenyan police officers have died after their car hit a roadside bomb near the Somali border.

Eleven people were in the car when it hit the device in east Wajir county. The fate of the others is unclear.

No-one has admitted planting the explosives.

Unnamed officials told AFP news agency that the police had been pursuing suspected al-Shabab Islamist militants fighting Somalia's government and its backers, including Kenya.

The al-Qaeda-linked group has been trying to overthrow the Somali government for years.

The insurgents have lost many of their strongholds, including areas of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

However they control large rural swathes of Somalia and continue to wage guerrilla war against local authorities.

Al-Shabab has also carried out several attacks and kidnappings in Kenya, vowing retribution for the country's involvement with Anisom - a 20,000-strong African Union force helping to support the government in Somalia.

In a separate incident, at least eight people were killed by a bomb which exploded at a checkpoint near Somalia's parliament in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab said it carried out the attack and another one on a road leading to the city's airport, in which nobody died.

Related Topics

More on this story

  • Somalia's frightening network of Islamist spies
    27 May 2019
  • Shamima Begum: Why women support terror
    17 April 2019
  • Who are Somalia's al-Shabab?
    22 December 2017

Around the BBC

Top Stories

£1.5bn government lifeline for venues

The money will help protect the UK's theatres, music venues, independent cinemas and heritage sites.

5 July 2020
Traineeships to triple as unemployment fears mount
5 July 2020
Scottish beer gardens reopen after 15 weeks in lockdown
6 July 2020

Features

Failed by the rough sex defence: 'The police said it wasn't rape'

Video

'Why is my body not important?'

'I'm a bit brainier than he thought I was'

Can viral videos stop police brutality?

What Donald Trump gets wrong about Somalia

The gaming boss who gets addicted to the games

Video

The town divided by Black Lives Matter

Video

Meet the socially distant robot scientist

Elsewhere on the BBC