President Kenyatta mourns 11 GSU officers killed in IED attack


President Kenyatta mourns 11 GSU officers killed in IED attack
File image of President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. PHOTO| PSCU

In Summary

  • The officers from the Harhar GSU camp lost their lives at Degow on the road between Liboi and Damajale close to the Kenya-Somalia border as they were conducting a routine security patrol.
  • President Kenyatta, in a statement to newsrooms on Sunday, also assured of action to apprehend the attackers suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned 11 General Service Unit (GSU) officers killed when a vehicle they were travelling in ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Dadaab, Garissa County, on Saturday.

The officers from the Harhar GSU camp lost their lives at Degow on the road between Liboi and Damajale close to the Kenya-Somalia border as they were conducting a routine security patrol at around 4p.m.

President Kenyatta, in a statement to newsrooms on Sunday, also assured of action to apprehend the attackers suspected to be Al-Shabaab militants.

“The President sends his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the departed officers and assures them of Government support during this difficult period of mourning,” read the statement by State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena.

“The President sends a strong reminder to all misguided elements out to compromise the safety  and security of Kenyans across the country that the Government and the people of Kenya will never succumb to their cowardly terrorist actions.”

A joint patrol team of officers drawn from Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), Administration Police, Rapid Border Patrol Unit and Kenya Police Service has since been deployed to comb the area around the scene of the incident.

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