KENYAN POLICE THWART ATTACK BY SUSPECTED AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS

NAIROBI, Kenyan police say they have arrested six men and thwarted an attack in the country planned by the suspected al-Shabaab militant group from neighbouring Somalia.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Joseph Boinnet said in a statement here Monday that two of the suspects were Kenyans and the others were Somali nationals. The six are said to have been despatched from Burhanche in Somalia by their commanders to launch attacks in Kenya.

Police also seized assembled explosives, four vests to be worn by suicide bombers and bomb-making materials such as TNT.

The six had been dispatched from Burhanche in Somalia by their commanders to launch attacks in Kenya, Boinnet said, adding that the Kenyan security forces worked with their counterparts in Somalia to foil the attack and to capture the suspects.

He said the captured men were being interrogated to establish the extent of their entire network.

Kenya has faced a constant security challenge from across the border ever since it sent its troops into Somalia in late 2011 to help defeat the al-Shabaab militants and restore order in the Horn of Africa country.

Meanwhile, residents of Kamuge Village in Turkana County in northwestern Kenya have called on the government to beef up security in the area following the killing of six people by armed bandits early Monday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK