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    Wednesday, 28 June 2017

    Bomb kills eight along Kenya-Somalia border, four killed in road accident

    Eight people, including four children returning to school after Eid celebrations, were killed Tuesday by a roadside bomb in eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, police said.
    “We have eight victims — four children and four police,” a police spokesman told AFP following the explosion between Mararani and Kiunga, just a handful of kilometres (miles) from the border.
    The blast bore the hallmarks of similar bombings blamed on Shabaab Islamists who have targeted security forces in the past in the region.
    Seven police officers and a civilian were killed at the end of May when an armoured vehicle drove over a roadside bomb in southeastern Kenya, a week after 14 others died in three similar attacks the group claimed.
    Across the border, the Al-Qaeda linked extremist group last week claimed responsibility after driving an explosives-laden minibus into local government offices in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people.
    That attack followed hot on the heels of assaults on two Mogadishu restaurants which killed at least 18 people.
    The group has also launched attacks in Uganda, which, like Kenya, contributes troops to a 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia.
    At least four persons lost their lives, on Tuesday, in a ghastly motor accident in Ondo, headquarters of Ondo West Local Government Area of Ondo State.The accident, which involved a volvo car marked ANAMBRA 265 AAH and a truck marked LAGOS 858 EKY occurred shortly after a downpour in the area.It was gathered that the victims who were said to be prostitutes were returning from a night show held in the town. It has also learnt that the driver of the volvo car had hit amotorcycle before it eventually collided with the truck.
    A senior police officer who confirmed the accident said the accidentwas as a result of over speeding on the part of the volvo driver.He said three persons  died on the spot, while one person whosustained injuries died at the state Specialist Hospital in Ondo where .he was rushed to.The unit commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo,Mrs. Mary Oladele, confirmed the accident, saying some passengerssurvived the accident.
    She said the accident occured as a result of over speeding, andthereby warned drivers against high speed and reckless driving.
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