Government to extend Somalia border operation

The government has extended a security operation to flash out Al Shabaab militants along the common border with Somalia.

The exercise which kicked off in January 1 was expected to end after two weeks but has now been extended to the end of January.

Mandera county commissioner Fredrick Shisia while briefing the press on the progress of the operation said his team will review progress at the end of the month to determine whether to extend the exercise.

Shisia revealed that the operation which comprises Kenya Defense Forces (KDF), Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU), General Service Unit (GSU) and police was yielding fruit.

“We have managed to arrest a number of suspects and driven the militants inside Somalia, ours is to safeguard our borders, “said Shiaia.

Hot spot areas were late 2015 earmarked for operations after a series of December attacks that left six people dead and scores injured.

Fino, Arabia, Omar Jillo, Dabacity and Elwak were seen as hotspot areas where the militants attacked passengers and security agents plying the Mandera-Wajir road and disappeared inside Somalia via the porous border.

By Dickson Githaiga

Source: Kenya News Agency