NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – A camp that was being used by attackers who executed 28 Kenyans travelling in bus on Saturday morning in Mandera has been destroyed by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku says the camp inside Somalia but near the Kenya border was destroyed using helicopters and jets by KDF with reports of ‘many’ attackers killed.
Lenku said the operation will continue until all the criminals who carried out the heinous act are dealt with.
“I want to confirm that immediately the government swung into action through the KDF and pursued the attackers and I can categorically confirm that already some offensive action has been taken, and we will continue to make sure we bring to justice those responsible,” Lenku affirmed.
Addressing the media in Nairobi, the CS sent condolences to the friends and families of the Kenyans who lost their loved ones who included 19 men and nine women.
“A criminal gang ambushed a public transport vehicle which was headed to Wajir then Nairobi, and in a very barbaric way killed 28 Kenyans. We are clear on what we want to do and once again we reiterate our heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives,” he told journalists.
He urged leaders to avoid any incitement in these trying moments that would divide Kenyans on religious lines adding that the attackers will be dealt with as criminals.
“We urge Kenyans to continue maintaining their peace and no one should raise a finger against one another because the government will protect Kenyans. The fight against terrorism has nothing to do with Muslims or Christians,” the CS said.
Since the early morning incident, Kenyans have raised questions as to why the security agencies were not able to detect the attack.
But the CS maintained that all was in control urging Kenyans to be careful on what they post on social media to avoid incitement to also allow security agencies do their work smoothly.
The move comes a few days after the police raided mosques in Mombasa where crude weapons were recovered and over 200 youths arrested. Four Mosques have since been closed including Musa, Sakina, Swafaa and Mina mosques.
But the CS said it was too early to link the raid with Saturday’s attack.