August 31, 2017 / 12:47 PM / 4 months ago

Landmine kills three in coastal Kenya: official

MOMBASA (Reuters) - Three civilians were killed after their vehicle ran over a landmine on a road near Kenya’s border with Somalia, a government official said, in the fifth such incident in the area in three months.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Somalia’s militant al Shabaab claimed responsibility for a similar attack in May.

“A Toyota vehicle which had several occupants on board ran over an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at Nyongoro area,” Gilbert Kitiyo, Lamu county commissioner, told Reuters by phone on Thursday.

Al Shabaab, which is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s government and impose its own harsh interpretation of Islamic Sharia law, has said it will continue to attack Kenya unless it withdraws its troops from an African Union peace-keeping mission in Somalia.

Editing by Maggie Fick and Pritha Sarkar

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