More ter­ror at­tacks likely in heavy rains

Saleh pre­dicts al Shabaab will stage more raids on the Kenya-So­ma­lia bor­der

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephen astariko

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.

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