General Service Unit (GSU) officers attached to Mandera Police Station on Saturday escaped death by a whisker after a vehicle they were using was hit by a landmine in Rhamu.

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According to a police source , the incident involving police vehicle with registration number GKB 521U,  occured at around 10AM on Saturday morning between Mandera Town and Garreh Hill. 

However, no deaths were reported. The vehicle's rear cabin windscreen was shattered.

Immediately after the incident, reinforcement was sought from Rhamu Police Station and the contingent was able to conduct a security operation to flush out the suspected terrorists. By the time of going to press, no arrests had been made.

For sometime now, Mandera county has been grappling with insecurity with the main target being security enforcement  personnel. 

The county's proximity to Somalia has been cited as the key factor contributing to the frequent runaway insecurity.

Similarly, radicalisation of jobless youths has also been listed as a factor in the rising spate of terrorism attacks, especially along the border counties of Mandera, Garissa and Wajir.

Barely a month ago, state security agencies issued a terror alert on possible Al Shabaab during the holy month of Ramadhan where Muslim faithful flock mosques for their annual month-long fast.