By Abdisalan Ahmed, Boniface Ongeri and Cyrus Ombati
In the past two days, Al-Shabaab have struck thrice at Kenyaâs security personnel based at the border of North Eastern Province with explosives, with the latest attack coming on Monday in Wajir during a Jamhuri Day rally.
The attack, which left three people critically injured, came a day after two other explosions that killed an Administration Police officer and injured nine soldiers both in Wajir and Mandera.
Mondayâs attack hit a vehicle belonging to National Security Intelligence Service that was part of a convoy leaving Wajir Stadium. Officials said it involved an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Reports said among the injured was Wajir district security intelligence chief, Mr Hussein Shanow and two women leaders. Three other officers onboard the vehicle escaped unhurt. The victims were the last to leave Wajir Stadium after the fete.
The injured women worked with Wajir Peace Committee and had hiked a lift from Shanow. Wajir DC Kennedy Nyairo last evening assured the country the three were out of danger.
The Sunday attack in Wajir involved a landmine and took place at Oray as the officers headed to Mandera.
On Monday it emerged the attack on Shanow was the second on his life. Last month, he survived a shooting after unknown assailants attacked him as he patrolled the town.
He had just resumed work after recovering from an operation to remove a bullet lodged in his stomach.
The DC announced one person had been arrested in the Jamhuri Day incident. The injured women were identifi ed as Habiba Sheikh and Fatuma Mirre.
"We had just entered the vehicle and then came a deafening explosion,ââ Habiba said.