Eight people including four police officers and four pupils died after a Rapid Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) vehicle they were travelling in ran over a landmine at Ota area on Mararani-Kiunga road in Lamu East on Tuesday.
The incident occurred at around 12pm in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack.
Five pupils were injured, two in critical condition while three are reported missing.
According to police sources, four police officers from the RBPU were heading to Kiunga but on reaching Mararani, they gave 14 pupils a lift to Kiunga Primary School.
“The vehicle ran over a landmine and was extensively damaged. There were also some shootings from the militia shortly after the vehicle was blown up.
“Four police officers and four students were killed on the spot with others injured,” said an officer who did not want to be named since he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Contacted, Lamu East Sub-County Administrator Mr Shee Kupi confirmed that four out of the 14 pupils that had boarded the police vehicle were killed; five were injured with two in critical condition while the whereabouts of three other pupils was unknown.
The county government of Lamu introduced an education programme dubbed ‘Saving the Basuba Education’ for terror-prone Basuba Ward pupils where they are required to travel to Kiunga Primary School to learn since their area in Basuba is unsafe.