NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – In October last year, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet urged for extra caution as the Al Shabaab were likely to try and sneak into Kenya under the cover of El-Nino and on Tuesday as the sky darkened with the threat of a downpour, he renewed the call.
Through his spokesman George Kinoti, Boinnet sounded the alarm that the quiet the country has experienced in recent months on the terror front, could be the calm before the storm.
“The militants are keen to take advantage of the ongoing rains to infiltrate the country through the general areas of Kolbio and close to Hulugho area, in Garissa County. We are also aware that Al Shabaab is planning to amass its militias in Jedahaley area in Somalia, with the intention of infiltrating the country for attacks. Some are hiding in small groups pretending to be herders around Hida and Dambala in Somalia while plotting to sneak into the country.”
He also called for vigilance along the border with Somalia particularly among security personnel and their installations as well as on Public Service Vehicles which ply the route given they have all been targeted on more than one previous occasion.
He also cautioned that the group – which he warned had splintered into an Al-Qaeda faction and IS faction around this time last year – may seek to exploit tensions between border clans.
“In Wajir County it is known AS could exploit the tensions between members of the Degodia-Matan and Degodia-Jirail sub-clans of the Degodia clan residing within a disputed area between Wajir west and Eldas sub-counties.”
The Boni Forest, he went on to caution, remains high risk. “In the Coast region, we are closely monitoring AS operatives as they make efforts to infiltrate back into Boni Forest with the ultimate intention of sneaking to other parts of the region to stage attacks.”