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Two buses travelling to Mandera attacked by al-Shabaab
Another victim of the Mandera bus attacks on Friday, July 1, receives treatments for his injuries.
The police had called a meeting for all bus companies in the county and directed them to not allow non-Somalis on board, a short term move aimed at reducing tension and allow for the re-organisation of security operations.
It was also revealed that police in the county had downed their tools and refused to escort buses as they operated between Mandera and other counties due to poor and unsafe working conditions.
“We asked them to rearrange the seats in the cars so that we could face side ways to monitor the roads but we still seat facing each other making it difficult to escape and fight the enemy if we are attacked,” said a police officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
He also said that the duties were now being performed by Kenya Police Reservists.
“We are not barring people from traveling from either Mandera or to Nairobi. We’re saying that they should use alternative means because threats have been eminent for the last 10 days of Ramadan,” explained Yonah Nyawir, the acting Mandera East Deputy County Commissioner.