Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus near the border with Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office said.
The vehicle of the Medina Bus Company was attacked on a lonely stretch of road in the Kotulo area as it travelled between Wajir and Mandera.
“People, among them police officers, were brutally murdered,” Kenyatta’s office said in a statement.
Police said 10 people were killed and the attackers targeted non-Somalis after flagging down the bus. The area is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somali Kenyans.
“The attackers separated local Somalis from non-locals and shot 10 non-locals dead,” police spokesman Charles Owino said in a statement.
He said security forces were pursuing the gunmen and the bus driver and conductor were in custody and helping with investigations.
Al Shabaab said it carried out the attack and killed 10 people including “secret security agents and government employees”.