Although initial details are sketchy, eight local educational administrators were transporting examinations when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) that detonated earlier today (October 27), killing four of the occupants. No additional details were available on the condition of the other four occupants. The attack occurred in El Wak, a divided city on the Somalia-Kenya border.
COMMENT: No group has claimed responsibility, although RPGs are rarely used by common criminals. It is far more likely that the operator of the RPG was intending to kill everyone in the vehicle.
As most of our regular readers know, Kenyan authorities have their hands full these day between a major ground force and air strike incursion deep into Somalia that began some days ago in retaliation for the kidnapping of several Europeans inside Kenyan.
Although Kenya is convinced that the al-Shabaab militia based inside Somalia is responsible for the kidnappings, the group has consistently denied that they were responsible and said it would retaliate against Kenya, which occurred earlier in the week in Nairobi when two separate grenade attacks collectively killed one and injured 22.
The Kenyans have made one arrest in conjunction with the attacks with the assailant claiming to be responsible for one of the attacks and also stating that he is a member of al-Shabaab.
Needless to say, all of this negativity is quickly dampening foreign tourism to Kenya while three abducted Europeans (two Spaniards and on British national) remain in the hands of their captors and seemingly are being regularly moved to avoid rescue efforts. A fourth kidnap victim, a Frenchwoman, died recently while in captivity because her captors refused to give her vitally needed medications that the French government had sent to her through an intermediary.
This incident will be updated for our readers as information becomes available.