Kenya has enhanced security along its border with Somalia to thwart terror attacks by al-Shabaab militants from Somalia, says the Commissioner of northeastern Mandera County, Fredrick Shisia.

He told told journalists in Mandera that the security agencies had learned lessons following last week’s terror attack in which six people were killed by suspected Al-Shabaab gunmen. “We are on high alert and if our enemy thinks we are not awake, let them dare us,” Shisia said, while refuting reports that the attackers were from within the county.

He appealed for patience as security personnel pursued the killers, saying the security forces had established the routes used by the al-Shabaab as they cross over from Somalia.

Shisia said no suspect had been arrested so far after the attack on a residential area. Police have been accused of failing to respond to the attacks on time, leaving it to ill-equipped police reservists.

The commissioner warned that any attack using the same routes would be dealth with and assured travellers of adequate security as they travel within the county.

The al-Shabaab militants have also been targeting military and police vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in northeastern Kenya, especially in Mandera and Garissa counties.

A number of security personnel have died as a result of the attacks, some of which involved Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) placed on roadsides by al-Shabaab militants.

Kenya is currently engaged in the fight against the militia group from southern Somalia where Kenyan soldiers are serving under the Africa Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and have been registering impressive gains and extending humanitarian assistance to the local population.