A show of kindness by police officers turned tragic when three women they had offered a lift died after the vehicle was blown up by an explosive.

The police Landcruiser ran over an improvised explosive device at Bodhai on the Lamu-Ijara border, injuring six others, among them two officers, the Star reports.

The women were among eight others who had asked for lift from the police officers. The officers are based in Garissa County and were in Hindi for food supplies. Police are yet to establish who planted the explosive, but they suspect it was al Shabaab.

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The county co-coordinating police commander Chrispus Mutali said one officer is still missing. “When we call his cell phone it is answered. All we need to do now is ascertain whether it is in his possession,” he said. One officer and a civilian were taken to Lamu District Hospital in critical condition.

One KDF officer who spoke to the Star said the land cruiser was on fire by the time they arrived to help. He said the eight were taken to Bargoni camp but have been released. It is alleged that a person with military knowledge must have planted the IED.

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