Four people were yesterday killed in a car bomb blast in Pangani, Nairobi.
Police officers pull apart the wreckage at Pangani Police Station to free the bodies of their colleagues and the two suspects.

Two police officers were among four people who were killed when a vehicle they were escorting to Pangani Police Station in Nairobi was blown up.

Police said the officers had been manning a road block a few kilometres from the station when they intercepted the car and ordered the occupants to drive to Pangani Police Station for further investigations.
Police officers pull apart the wreckage at Pangani Police Station to free the bodies of their colleagues and the two suspects

Police officers pull apart the wreckage at Pangani Police Station to free the bodies of their colleagues and the two suspects

The vehicle exploded shortly after driving into the police station at around 8.50pm.

An explosive device in the vehicle was safely detonated by police.

Moments before the explosion, two of the officers got in the suspect’s car — a Toyota NZE — and and asked the driver and his passenger to drive to the police station. A police patrol car followed them.

Witnesses said that when they reached the station’s gate, the car exploded, killing the four occupants on the spot.

Officers in the escort car were lucky as only the front tyres of their vehicle were deflated, and the windscreen shattered but the officers were unharmed.

The detonation of the second explosive device sent the milling crowd, including journalists and security officers, running for cover.

A 20 litre jerrycan was found at the scene.

The blast occurred at a time of heightened security in Kenya with the swoop against undocumented foreigners entering its third week.

The security operation — codenamed Operation Usalama Watch — came in the wake of multiple terror attacks especially in the Pangani and Eastleigh areas of Nairobi.

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