WAJIR (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Monday ordered the arrest of four Kenyan Al-Shabaab
operatives in northeast region and charges if they failed to
surrender within the next few days.
North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh who revealed names
of the four Al-Shabaab operatives in Wajir and Mandera counties
directed the security team to ensure the suspects are immediately
arrested if they fail to surrender.
“These people must be captured or they must surrender. If it fails
we shall carry out a controlled operation,” Saleh told security
committee teams in Wajir town.
He said the details of their family members including their parents
will be released to the security teams in the two counties.
He said the operatives have been tasked with paralyzing transport
within the main supply route of Wajir and Elwak in Mandera County,
destroy communication facilities by targeting mobile phones masts.
Since Kenyan soldiers crossed into Somalia several attacks believed
to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in Mandera,
Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even as
the military reports gains against the Islamist group by capturing
their military bases and killing scores of them.
Saleh, however, urged the security team to work closely with the
chiefs, elders and area residents to ensure that Al-Shabaab are
eliminated from the area.
The regional government official said it was a shame for Kenyan
officials in Northeastern to spend 95 percent of their working on
dealing with security matters.
“When the rest of Kenya is talking about development, use of county
funds, Constituency development fund, equalization fund and other
investments, in North Eastern we are busy talking about Al-Shabaab,”
Saleh is on a five-day tour of Mandera and Wajir counties to
acquaint himself with challenges facing security teams in the fight
against the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group. He also met
elders, women and youth from area.
In Mandera, Saleh revealed on Sunday that the government has the
names of 35 Kenyan youth recruited by the Al-Shabaab to work for the
He said the details of their family members among them their
parents, wives and where they are operating from are also known to
Saleh said the youth must surrender or the government will carry out
a massive security operation to flush or capture them.
At least seven al-Shabaab
militants killed in south Somali
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali security forces on Monday killed at least
seven al-Shabaab militants and injured a number of others following
heavy fighting with insurgents in Bay region, in the south part of
the Horn of Africa nation.
Burhakaba District Commissioner in Bay region Mohamed Ibrahim
confirmed that four government soldiers, including a senior
commander, were killed in the fighting.
“We have killed seven al-Shabaab militants, injured several others
and recovered four guns after fighting that lasted several hours in
Lug-habar location, along the road which joins Burhakaba and Baidoa
town in this region,” Ibrahim said.
He said the Somali National Army (SNA) conducted the operation
against al-Shabaab militants in the area after getting information
that the insurgents had mounted a checkpoint in the area.
Al-Shabaab militants, however, said they won the battle with Somali
National Army, claiming to have killed SNA’s commander for Bur-hakaba
town, Abdirahman Osman Abrone.
The group said its fighters ambushed a SNA convey from Baidoa town,
the administrative capital of Southwest State in Somalia to
The latest fighting came amid military operations in the region to
flush out insurgents who have been mounting near-daily attacks on
African Union peacekeeping mission bases, government installations
and other public places.