NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 26 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery says security agents are working hard to restore normalcy in Mandera following the killing of 12 people on Tuesday by suspected Al Shabaab militants.
Nkaissery said they are collaborating with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to set up a border command unit to counter the infiltration of Al Shabaab terrorists into the country.
Nkaissery said the establishment of units along the Kenya Somalia border will boost security along the neighbouring towns including Mandera.
“Our people are working on it to ensure that the perpetrators of that despicable act are brought to book. As I said, we are working around the clock not only in Mandera, but across the country to ensure that our citizens are safeguarded,” he said.
Speaking in Kwale, Nkaissery indicated that more police officers have been deployed to hunt down those behind the attack.
Nkaissery commended police for swift response and explained that the incident occurred at Bishaare Hotel in Mandera town where the militants are said to have attacked the lodging’s occupants using grenades and IEDs.
Recently appointed Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe indicated that additional military personnel will specifically be dispatched along the Mandera-Lamu border to deal with attacks posed by the terror groups.
Mwathethe said the newly proposed border command unit will play a major role in securing the porous Kenya-Somalia border.
On October 5th, six people were killed after Al Shabaab attack on a residential plot in Bulla public works in Mandera town.
The incident happened as the tenants were asleep and police said the attackers shot at the victims randomly after they had broken into the plot.