Al-Shabaab jihadist group seems to be in an unrestrained revenge bout against Kenyan soil, hitting the country for the death of Mohamed Gamaghere Kuno, Garrissa attack mastermind.
Hours after they ambushed Kenya police escort vehicle which killed five people and injured scores in Mandera, the group attacks Garrissa this morning with another Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The blast killed the driver of an ambulance heading to pick up patients at the Hulugho Sub County Hospital and left at least three medics severely injured. Garissa County Communications boss Yusuf Korow said survivors of the attack include a co-driver, a health nutritionist and a student who were admitted to the Hulugho Sub-County Hospital.
Authorities also said the incident took place early Tuesday at Owane between Hulugho and Sangaili. Some witnesses said the explosion was very strong that it tore off one leg of one of the survivors.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has assured that security has been beefed up in the northern part of the country in the wake of renewed terror attacks.
Suspects are still at large, but police said they were pursuing the attackers believed to have fled across neighbouring Somalia, or operating terror cells within the area.
On Monday, five police officers were killed in a gun fire exchange with the militant group in Mandera. Four others were injured as their vehicle was completely burned. North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said:
“The area (Garissa) has been relatively calm but terrorists seem to be sneaking in slowly and in small groups. We are making strides in taming them.”
Intelligence reports state that there is a strong connection of the attacks to the killing of Kuno who passed away on May 31, 2016 in an operation by the African Mission in Somalia soldiers near Mogadishu.
Kuno allegedly masterminded Garissa University College massacre that saw 147 people killed in the al-Shabaab attack. The April 2015 massacre was the deadliest attack of Al-Shabaab jihadist group in Kenya.
The al-Shabaab had also threatened to attack a number of locations in Kenya during the Ramadan period. The locations included Nairobi and Mombasa cities.