Kenya roadside blast

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Three people were injured by an explosion on a highway in north-east Kenya, an official told Reuters, without saying who was responsible for the incident.

“There was an IED (improvised explosive device) incident involving a civilian truck ferrying merchandise,” Joseph Kanyiri, a government administrator said, adding the explosion was on a remote stretch of road.

“Three civilian crew members on the lorry suffered injuries from the explosion.”

The injured were evacuated for medical attention, Kanyiri said, without providing further details.

It took place in an area where Somali Islamist group al Shabaab previously carried out attacks.

Al Shabaab is fighting to topple Somalia’s central government and establish its own rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

It carried out deadly attacks in Lamu county in Kenya’s north-east which borders Somalia and other parts of Kenya to pressure the country to withdraw troops from Somalia.

The Kenyan military is part of the African Union-mandated AMISOM peacekeeping force.