KENYA: TERRORISTS TARGETTING SECURITY OFFICERS AS TERROR CELLS SPREAD – MANDERA GOVERNOR

NAIROBI, Kenya’s Mandera County governor Ali Roba has raised the red flag over increasing cases of terror attacks against security officers and civilians in the region.

The governor who spoke in Nairobi said terror cells are now spreading from Mandera to other parts of Northern Kenya.

Roba is now calling on the government to take rigorous measures in combating terrorism.

His sentiments came hours after two police officers were killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device went off along Lafey – Elwak road in Mandera.

According to the governor, Al-Shabaab militants have established terror cells in the region, sparking fears such cells might spread to other parts of the region including neighboring Wajir County if they are not put in check immediately.

The governor said the most dangerous place is a 200 kilometer stretch where the militants operate without fear.

“The government must deploy contingents of security personnel to flush out these terrorists,” said Roba.

The incident comes only a day after one Al-Shabaab adherent was killed when an IED he was planting at Dabasiti area in Elwak went off injuring a number of his accomplices.

During the Christmas festivities, the country’s major cities and towns have been under intensified security patrols.

In Nairobi General Service Unit officers, Kenya prisons, regular and administration police are conducting random checks and patrols.

And in neighbouring Somalia, Kenya’s Chief of Defense Forces general Samsom Mwathethe has commended the achievement made by the Kenya Defense Forces in pacifying southern Somalia.

Mwathethe was in Kismayu to deliver season’s greetings from Kenyans to the troops. While addressing the troops at Kismayu International airport, Mwathethe said Kenyans acknowledge the risk, personal sacrifice and gallantry the soldiers have shown since their deployment in Somalia.

He emphasized on the Kenyan troops, the essence of working closely with the federal government of Somalia and other troops contributing countries, with a purpose of defeating terrorism.

Source: KBC