More terror attacks likely in heavy rains
Saleh predicts al Shabaab will stage more raids on the Kenya-Somalia border
Terrorists are likely to take advantage of the heavy rains pounding Northeastern to attack the Kenya-Somalia border, regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said yesterday.
He called for aggressive security measures. Saleh said terrorism is a complex issue that cannot be left to security agencies alone.
He said it is necessary to heighten the state alert among security agents and cooperation among religious leaders and wananchi to deter the attacks.
The warning came just two days after Kenyan security officers killed four suspected al Shabaab militants and foiled an attack.
The officers tracked the terrorists to Kobolo near Falama, El Wak subcoun- ty, and engaged the 15 militants in a gunfight. Eleven escaped.
Unconfirmed reports indicate one of the terrorists, a lookout in a tree, spotted the security officers and alerted the others who fled, leaving their equipment behind.
Police found four AK-47 rifles, 90 bullets, four magazines for AK-47s, five mobile phones, one NHF pocket phone, Somali army camouflage jackets and two, three-litre jerrycans.
“Our strategy is to go for these militants wherever they are hiding. If and when we get the information of their whereabouts early, like in this case, then it becomes easy for our security officers to foil the attacks,” Saleh said.
He addressed journalists at his office. Saleh said in the past year his team has secured most urban centres, with only a few ones on the border left. He said the recovered phones will be very helpful to investigators.