Five Kenyan soldiers have been killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the country’s coastal Lamu county, a military spokesperson said.
Another ten soldiers were wounded in the blast, which occurred on Wednesday morning along the Kiunga-Sankuri road in the Indian Ocean town of Lamu, which is popular with Western tourists, Colonel Paul Njuguna said.
“Soldiers operating in Lamu county, while on a humanitarian civil assignment to fetch and distribute water to the residents in the area, hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED),” the military said in a statement.
Last month, the military denied reports that six soldiers died in a roadside bomb in the same area, about 100km from the border with Somalia.
Kenyan security officers are regularly killed by roadside bombs planted by the al-Shabab group, which is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu.