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Kenya blast: 12 reportedly killed in northeastern Mandera

With the help of anti-terrorism police and sniffer dogs, Kenyan police are searching the area of the attack for survivors. (Representative image) Photograph: (AFP)

WION Nairobi County, Kenya Oct 25, 2016, 06.42 AM (IST)

Twelve people were reportedly killed in an explosion in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, police said.

"We have found 12 bodies so far after we managed to access the building," a senior police official told AFP.

The police believe al-Shabaab militants to be responsible for the attack. al-Shabaab is a terrorist organisation affiliated to al-Qaeda.

A freelance journalist working in Mogadishu who specifically reports on al-Shabaab tweeted that the attack took place at 2:30 am and targeted non-locals in Mandera.

He also said that the death toll could be higher.

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The police "are still combing the area with the help of anti-terrorism police and sniffer dogs in the ongoing search and rescue".

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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