Eight Kenyan police officers were killed when their vehicles ran over improvised bombs in two separate incidents near the border with Somalia, officials said Wednesday.
The dead included a personal bodyguard for a local governor whose convoy was targeted in what officials said was the seventh assassination attempt on the governor’s life.
The deaths came a day after Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet announced that al-Shabab extremists based in Somalia were stepping up attacks inside the country. He said al-Shabab is under pressure from African Union troops supporting Somalia’s government, which recently declared a new offensive against the extremist group.
Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attacks on the governor’s convoy and said seven Kenyan police officers were killed, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups.