12 people killed in the Mandera attack after suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked a lodge with explosives, police confirm. Police say among the dead were ten people who were visiting the area for set book performances in schools and a caretaker who is a local.
A total of ten people who include those wounded have been rescued from the lodging that had many occupants. Police fear there could be casualties and rescue efforts had been hampered by fears of booby traps inside the Bisharo Guest House. "We don't know how many people are still trapped there in the rubble but efforts to reach them are ongoing," said an officer on the ground who asked not to be named. The gunmen believed to be al-shabaab militants escaped towards Somalia border as police responded to the bombing.
Witnesses said there were people trapped under the rubble of the building which was badly damaged after the attack. Police headquarters said bomb experts had been sent there to comb it and rescue those trapped therein.