Bomb destroys Kenya police car in refugee camp

A remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in Kenya`s Dadaab refugee camp near the border with Somalia.

Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 21:46 PM IST

Garissa (Kenya): A remote-controlled bomb hit a police vehicle in Kenya`s Dadaab refugee camp near the border with Somalia on Tuesday, a senior local official said, the second such incident in the camp in less than two weeks.

Kenya has been plagued by a wave of attacks since it sent hundreds of soldiers into neighboring Somalia last month to rout al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants it blames for a spate of kidnappings and cross-border raids.
"There was an explosion in Hagadera that struck a police car," Dadaab District Commissioner Ndambuki Muthike said referring to one of Dadaab`s three camps.

"We heard that the car has been completely destroyed."

A doctor working in a clinic several kilometers (miles) from the blast site said he heard a loud explosion.
"We immediately received a call from the police who told us to prepare a space for four people who had been injured in the blast. We were told two of them were in a critical condition," said the medic who declined to be named.

A Kenyan police jeep escorting U.N. vehicles struck a land mine in the same area earlier this month, highlighting the mounting threats facing aid workers and refugees in the world`s largest camp.

It was not immediately clear if the police vehicle in Tuesday`s attack was part of a convoy.

Bureau Report