3 dead after vehicle overruns IED in Lamu

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Lamu,KENYA:Three people died after a Probox vehicle they were travelling in ran over an IED planted by suspected Alshabaab militants at Nyongoro area on Wednesday evening.

The probox was had left Garsen and was heading to Lamu before the incident happened.

An unspecified number of survivors are being treated at the Witu hospital after they escaped with various injuries.

The incident took place at around 7pm Wednesday evening.

Lamu county commissioner confirmed the incident but said he was only aware of two people who had died on the spot following the incident.

He however said there was a high possibility that the third body could have been found later on or that one of the survivors might have passed on to bring the death toll to three.

Speaking on phone from the scene of the incident,kitiyo he would give details once they have a full report on the incident.

“Yes. There was an attack at a place called Nyongoro which is between Tana River and Lamu. A probox which had several occupants on board ran over an IED at Nyongoro. According to the report I received, two people died on the spot while others survived. Officers are already on the ground. I will give more details later,” said Kitiyo.

A police source however said three people died on the spot and the Probox was extensively damaged.

The probox which is normally expected to carry only five passengers is said to have been over loaded at the time it ran over the IED.

The incident comes barely weeks after four people were beheaded by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Maleli village in Witu, Lamu West on August 18 this year.

On August 2 this year, three Tana River County officials were burnt alive by suspected Alshabaab militants shortly after their Toyota Rav 4 vehicle they were travelling in ran over a landmine at Nyongoro area on the Malindi-Garsen-Lamu highway.

The militants set the vehicle ablaze leaving the three burnt beyond recognition.

Still on August 2,five people were injured after suspected militants opened fire on a Kipini Raha bus from Kipini from Malindi at Nyongoro.

The incidents come in the wake of an ongoing security operation dubbed Linda Boni which is meant to flush out suspected Alshabaab militants from the Boni forest and neighbouring areas.