A roadside bomb hit a police vehicle
patrolling near Kenya’s border with Somalia on Saturday, killing several of the
11 officers inside, a police spokesman said.
Separately, another blast in
Somalia’s capital Mogadishu killed eight people, according to emergency
Both attacks were claimed by Somali
Islamist insurgents who also kidnapped three Kenyan police reservists on Friday
from the same area in Wajir district in northeast Kenya.
Kenyan military forces have occupied
part of southern Somalia along the border since 2011. The Kenyans, along with
allied Somali militia, wrested control of the territory from al Shabaab
jihadists after a spate of kidnappings on Kenyan soil.
Al Shabaab is fighting the weak,
U.N.-backed Somali government and its international allies in a quest to impose
strict Islamic law.
Exact casualty figures from
Saturday’s patrol attack were still unclear, police spokesman Charles Owino
In Mogadishu, al Shabaab detonated
two bombs. Police said the first blast, at a busy junction known as K4, was a
car bomb intercepted by security services that caused no casualties.
The other blast killed eight people
and injured 16, said Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of Aamin ambulance
Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s spokesman for military operations, said the group was
responsible for the blast in Kenya and the two in Mogadishu.