Kenya beefs up security along border after al-Shabab attack


Kenyan police
Kenyan police

Kenyan police said Wednesday they have beefed up security in northeastern Mandera County following an attack by al-Shabab militants.

Northeastern new regional commander George Seda al-Shabab terrorists attacked and destroyed a communication mast in the Slaughter area, leaving many residents out of reach.

“We have deployed more police officers to pursue the attackers who escaped towards the border with Somalia,” Seda said on the phone.

He said the Tuesday attack is the latest such incident to happen in the area after a long lull which was due to persistent security operations in the region and near the Kenya-Somalia border.

The regional police commander said no injury was reported in the latest incident, noting that masts are normally manned by police officers in the region which borders Somalia.

Al-Shabab militants usually destroy telecommunication masts to disrupt police response and communication in the areas along the common border before they could inflict harm on the locals.

Security officials said they heard a loud bang from the area and when they checked, they established the installation had been destroyed by a bomb that was set up by the militants.

The attackers escaped soon after the incident as the six police reservists guarding the facility responded to the attack.

The border region has borne the brunt of repeated attacks from the militants who are at times aided by locals.

Al-Shabab terrorists have been attacking places in the region, especially in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa counties in northeastern Kenya after breaching security zones, which left dozens of civilians and security officials dead and wounded. Enditem

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