NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – Three police officers have been killed after their vehicle run over an Improvised Explosive Device in Liboi, a day after Police Headquarters warned of imminent terror attacks.
The attack comes a day after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet warned that Al Shabaab terrorists are planning to cross over into the country to launch attacks at the border areas.
“They (the officers) were part of the heightened surveillance to secure the area,” the IG told Capital FM News on Wednesday.
A statement from Police Headquarters said the terrorists are under immense pressure due to the military operation in Somalia and are now opting to sneak to Kenya.
According to police, relying on intelligence reports, the terrorists have now split into small groups with key targets at the border towns of Mandera where several incidents were reported last week when four people and a chief was killed.
Boinnet is now urging the public across the country to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security forces, with fears that the terrorists may be out to stage attacks similar to what happened in the UK on Tuesday killing 22 people.
“Among those we are pursuing include one Abdirizak Maalim Aweys who hails from El Ram location in Mandera County,” the police boss sad.
Aweys, according to police is behind the recent killing of four quarry workers.
He is also believed to be, “behind the laying of IEDs along the roads in Elwak, Kotulo, Chabibar and Fatuma in Mandera Central Sub County.”
With heightened surveillance, the IG has urged members of the public to volunteer information, “that will assist in bringing these terrorists to book for action in accordance with the law.”
According to police, terrorist operatives in the country and the region are likely to stage ‘copycat’ attacks similar to the one in the United Kingdom.
“We wish to appeal to the public to be watchful for any suspicious activity or on the part of any person,” Boinnet appealed.