Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shishia said the objective of the new security operation is to undermine the capacity of Al-Qaeda-linked terror group to launch new attacks inside Kenya.

“The new security operation in the Al-Shabaab hotspots will be conducted by a combined team of military and police officers,” said Shishia, adding that the operation will be concentrated in towns and villages along the Kenya-Somalia border.

“Our aim is to dismantle terror cells used by Al-Shabaab to plan and launch new attacks inside Kenya,” said Shisia.

On Sunday, two policemen were killed and two others were injured when suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a police vehicle in Mandera.

Joseph Boinnet, Kenyan police chief, had on the eve of Christmas warned that the terror group was planning new attacks in the country.

Boinnet disclosed Al-Shabaab had split into two factions that pledged loyalty to both Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS) terror networks, with the most recent attacks being carried out by the pro-IS group. Enditem

Sorce: Xinhua


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