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Originally published Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 2:38 AM

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Kenya: Suspected militant dies while planting bomb

A Kenya police official says a suspected militant died while planting an improvised explosive device in eastern Kenya.

The Associated Press

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NAIROBI, Kenya —

A Kenya police official says a suspected militant died while planting an improvised explosive device in eastern Kenya.

Ngatia Iregi, the Northeastern Province deputy criminal investigations chief, said Sunday they found charred pieces of at least one body at the Garissa primary school field and two pistols after a loud explosion was reported Saturday night.

Iregi said one of the pistols had been stolen from Criminal Investigations Department officers who were victim to an attack by suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants in Garissa last year. One officer died and another was wounded.

Kenya has experienced a spate attacks since it sent its troops to Somalia in October 2011 to fight the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab insurgents who were blamed for attacks on Kenya soil. The militants vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya in retaliation.

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