NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said on Wednesday they have stepped up
surveillance on suspected Al-Shabaab activities across the
border and their attempts to infiltrate the country to mount
Inspector General of Police Joseph
Boinett said security officers have witnessed and repulsed
sporadic attempted terror attacks in the past month in areas
such as Mandera and Wajir counties in northeast Kenya bordering
"We are also closely monitoring the developing situation in
Somalia that has seen a steady build-up of suspected Al-Shabaab
fighters in the regions bordering Kenya," Boinnet said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
He said the militants’ objective is to attack security
installations and medical facilities along the border in an
effort to loot arms and ammunition, drugs and other medical
Kenya blames Al-Shabaab for increased terror attacks and
fears its tourist and business economy will be destroyed if it
allows the insurgents to go on unchallenged.
The government also announced it is stepping up its naval
patrols in the Indian Ocean in order to prevent militants coming
into the country via the open waters.
Boinnet said counter-terrorism measures have led to
sustainability of programs, projects, initiatives and reforms
aimed at addressing the underlying factors and conditions that
breed terrorism, radicalism and other criminal activities.
"The threat posed by the Al-Shabaab and other similar terror
groups operating in the region remain our main focus and as such
the police will not relent till the groups are totally
neutralized," Boinnet said.
He said security agencies are well aware of Al-Shabaab
operational plans of transporting militants in trucks to the
common border and then infiltrate on foot into the country to
carry out attacks.
"As such we call upon all citizens, more so, communities who
reside within these border regions to be on the lookout for such
individuals and to promptly inform the security agencies
nearby," he said.