5 Kenyan security officers killed in Kenya-Somalia border region explosion

June 11, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Five Kenyan paramilitary police officers were killed and three others were seriously injured in a Kenya-Somalia border region explosion. Their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) early Wednesday.

Garissa County Commissioner Joshua Chepchieng said the 8:30 a.m. incident happened as the officers were on en route to Liboi in Garissa County, eastern Kenya.

“It is true that we have lost our officers this morning in the unfortunate incident,” Chepchieng told Xinhua in Garissa.

When the blast happened, the officers were carrying out normal border patrols aboard Landcruiser vehicle towards Liboi from their camp. Their vehicle is said to have rolled several times.

The deaths of the security officers in the Kenya-Somalia border region explosion are the latest in a long lull of terror-related incidents happening in the area. Witnesses said the explosion badly damaged the vehicle killing the five. The three who survived were badly wounded. They were all from Harhar General Service Unit camp.

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh confirmed the incident and added that more personnel had been sent to the area to pursue the attackers.

Residents said that they have reported to authorities movements that indicated al-Shabab terror group was planning an attack.

Improvised explosive devices are common in the northern and eastern Kenya targeting security officers and civilians especially after Kenyan soldiers crossed into southern Somalia in 2011 to pursue al-Shabab militants.




Terrorist groups and extremist outfits plague nations at a global level threatening world security. It has become increasingly hard for authorities to keep up with the new means of perpetration. These days, terrorist recruit believers online, through Social Media channels. Just the same, they spread their terrorist propaganda through the same means.

Following the long thread of attacks in the area, the Kenya-Somalia border region explosion that killed the officers is just the most recent episode. Authorities must update their counter-terror strategy to prevent this kind of incidents from happening again.

So how can the Kenya-Somalia law enforcement face this threat and keep their citizens, nation, and officers safe in the future?




iCognative developed by Brainwave Science is a modern investigative tool that comes to aid personnel from Counter terrorism, Counterintelligence, Border Security and Law Enforcement departments.

This unique technology relies on the activity of the human brain and can distinguish between innocents and perpetrators. The system detects concealed or hidden information in the brain. iCognative relies on detecting a distinct change in electrical activity when a human brain responds to the sight of familiar stimuli.

In the case of the Kenya-Somalia border region explosion, iCognative can help investigation team gain more intel about the blast. The iCognative test can be conducted on any suspect, witness or any other person of interest that is relevant to the case. In order to do that, a test case needs to be built with the confidential information known about the case, used as stimuli for the suspect. This will be done by the investigative agency that will input into the iCognative system that is confidential and relevant is used as stimuli in the test.

Considering our case, we can probably use information known from the media, provided that it is confidential: the date, time and location of the blast – Wednesday, 8:30 am, near the Kenya-Somalia border; the type of the improvised explosive device; information from the previous similar attacks in the area. In addition, to test the suspects’ connection with the al-Shabab terror group, the investigative agency can also use information connected to the group, such as known leaders.

All this information will be input in the system as pictures or words, depending on their availability, and displayed for the suspect on a computer screen in successive order while system collecting brain responses to each stimulus.  This is done through a patented EEG headset that collects P300 signals from an individual’s brain approximately 300 milliseconds after he or she is confronted with a stimulus of special significance.  End of the test system determines 99.9% accuracy if the information is present or absent in the brain of the suspect.

With the help of iCognative, the Kenya-Somalia law enforcement personnel can save time, money and effort in using investigative tool that can help them solve the case and eventually eliminate al-Shabab terror group.