At least 10 General Service Unit (GSU) police officers were killed after the vehicle they were traveling in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) near the Kenya-Somalia border on Saturday.

Confirming the incident, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said the officers were carrying out a routine patrol along Damajale-Harehare Road in Garissa when the vehicle ran over the landmine.

“Unfortunately, we lost some officers and the vehicle they were traveling in was severely damaged,” Mutyambai said in a statement.

He said security forces had been deployed to pursue the attackers and investigations into the 5:30 pm attack are ongoing.

In June this year, Somalia-based militia group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an improvised explosive device (IED) attack that claimed the lives of 11 Kenyan police officers.

The security officers were killed after the vehicle they were traveling in ran over a landmine planted on the road near Konton in Wajir County.

The Administration Police officers were reportedly pursuing suspected Al-Shabaab militants who had kidnapped three National Police Reservists (NPRs) after attacking a village.