Mandera County Governor Ali Roba survived an explosion targeting his convoy early Wednesday morning (October 15th), wounding at least one of Roba’s bodyguards, Kenyan police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki told Sabahi.
Mboroki said the convoy was heading to Roba’s office when the improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at about 8:40 am in Mandera town near the Rhamu bus stop.
“The vehicle carrying the governor had just passed, when the vehicle carrying his security details hit the IED. One of the police officers was slightly injured in the hand,” she said. “Police are investigating the identity of the criminals and their target.”
Roba said he had used a route that he normally takes to get to his office.
“The injured officer was treated at the Mandera District Hospital and discharged soon after,” he told Sabahi. “The public should remain calm as the police investigate the incident.”
Mandera County has recently witnessed clan and al-Shabaab-related violence.