GARISSA, Kenya: A man was killed when the bomb he was apparently trying to assemble near a Kenyan primary school before it hosted a presidential candidate’s rally exploded, police said today.
Residents heard a blast late last night in the eastern frontier town of Garissa but police said they only identified the site of the explosion caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) at a primary school field today.
Regional police chief Charlton Mureithi said Martha Karua, the only female presidential candidate in the March 4 vote and among the lower-ranked contenders according to most polls, had been expected to speak at the grounds this afternoon.
The open field also lies next to an army camp in a town used as a support base for Kenya’s military mission in Somalia.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the intended attack, police said.