|Written By:Carol Gakii/George Kithuka, Posted: Fri, Jun 03, 2011|
Eight Kenya army officers and a civilian were on Thursday evening injured after the lorry the soldiers were travelling in ran over a land mine in Mandera.
The incident occurred about one kilometer from the Kenya -Somali border as the officers were patrolling the area.
Speaking to Kenya Broadcasting Coropration-KBC- on phone, area District Commissioner Benson Leparnorijo said the officers have been flown to the armed forces memorial hospital in Nairobi for further treatment adding that all of them are in stable condition.
The DC said the explosive is suspected to have been planted by the Somalia militia group Al-shabaab but added that investigations to establish who was behind the attack were underway.
He said security at the border has been beefed up assuring area residents that security agents are on high to avert any attacks.
Elsewhere, Ethiopians living on the Kenyan side along the Kenya-Ethiopian border will now be moved back to their country.
Internal security minister Prof. George Saitoti who has just returned from Ethiopian says Ethiopian government has signed an agreement with Kenya to broker and maintain peace along the border.
Saitoti who lead a high government delegation to Ethiopia announced the resolution to move Ethiopians living in Kenyan side of the border and who are said to be engaging in farming activities back to Ethiopia.
The delegation also agreed to form a task force to establish the common border on the disputed omo delta and how well citizens of the two nations would share the resources peacefully.
Saitoti also warned of dire consequences against the Somali militia group Al-shabaab who are said to have struck once again injuring at least 6 Kenyan troops near the border town of Mandera.
On Madaraka day president Mwai Kibaki announced that the government would not condone any form of violation of its borders.