Two people died while 10 others sustained injures after a Lafey-Mandera bound bus ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) planted at Milima Hagarsu along the terror-prone Arabia Lafey road.
Six among the ten are in critical condition and plans are underway to airlift them to Nairobi for treatment. Four are in stable condition and are being managed at Mandera Referral Hospital.
Mandera Governor Ali Roba has condemned the incident, and called on area residents to jointly work with the government to curb terror attacks in the border region.
The governor acknowledged that the national government has responded well to security matters in the region but there are still challenges between Lafey and Kutulo roads.
Local MCAs have also condemned the attack and asked security agents to beef up security along the Kenya-Somalia border route.
Arabia has borne the brunt of terror since 2014 where some 28 teachers travelling for December holidays were shot dead by the Al Shabaab terrorists.
The bus attack has happened barely three months after other landmine attacks.
by Charles Matacho