GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan security forces thwarted attempts by Al-Shabaab
militants to carry out terror attacks in the border town of
Amuma in northeast region on Friday.
police commander John Ogola said the militants who had crossed
over from neighboring Somalia had first attempted to destroy
telecommunication mast belonging to mobile operator Safaricom to
disrupt communication in the area before they could inflict harm
on the locals.
“They wanted to
first destroying the mast which would have automatically cut off
communication in the area. This would have given them ample time
to carry out their heinous acts. This did not however succeed
since police officers responded swiftly,” he said.
Ogola said the
police repulsed armed attackers who were over 10 in number. They
were armed with AK 47 rifles, hand grenades and improvised
explosive devices and were targeting the mast in the dawn
Ogola said that
swift response by the officers from the Rural Border Patrol Unit
(RBPU), who were two kilometers from the mast, forced the
militants to flee.
He said that the
militants only managed to destroy the gate and the mast was
This is not the
first time communications mast was targeted in northeastern
Kenya. Several of them had been destroyed as the militants
sought to cut police from immediate response.
In addition, the
Somali militants have been targeting military and police
vehicles either by laying an ambush or planting explosives on
the road in the northeast region, especially in Mandera and