Police avert major IED attack by Al-Shabaab at Mandera border point

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Police avert major IED attack by Al-Shabaab at Mandera border point

Police in Mandera East on Wednesday, June 5 averted a possible tragedy when they recovered and demolished an IED planted in an abandoned house.

Corporal Ibrahim Isaac says that at around 9 am while manning the border at Border Point Section 3, he noticed a suspicious metallic container buried next to a wall of the abandoned house.

A report filed at Mandera Police Station says that the location of the Improvised Explosive Device is within their area of deployment where officers normally keep guard and use as a shade during hot sun.

“OCS Mandera Police Station was informed and scene visited by security multi-agency team. It was established that it was an IED. The scene area was made safe for members of the public both on the Kenyan and Somali side and the IED was then detonated successfully by DCI-BDU team with no ugly incident,” the police report says.

Metal shrapnel fragments and a destroyed cell phone fed with Somali Hormuud Sim Card were recovered after the demolition. Police suspect this was the detonation gadget.

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