MANDERA (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan official said on Monday that the
construction of a perimeter wall along the porous border with
Somalia has helped thwart terror attacks in the border region of
Regional Commissioner Mohamud Saleh said the security wall has
already covered ten kilometers from the Kenya-Ethiopia-Somalia
border and plans are to increase the stretch to 28 kilometers.
Saleh said since the
stretch of the wall was constructed, incidents of attacks in the
town have gone down by more than 90 percent.
used to attack and run to Somalia but since the wall was
erected, the incidents are now almost zero in Mandera Town,” he
said on the phone as he inspected the ongoing construction of
The wall, a series
of concrete barriers, fences, ditches and observation posts
overlooked by CCTV stations, is expected to stretch from the
Indian Ocean to Mandera, where both countries converge with
Saleh said 90
percent of Mandera County is peaceful apart from the stretch
from Arabia to Kotulo where he termed as “volatile,
unpredictable, challenging and ambiguous.”
He said Al-Shabaab
operatives use the area to carry out incursions by attacking
security vehicles, plant landmines, target security
installations and communication masts before retreating back to
administrator, however, said the government is reviewing its
strategies to come up with new methods to combat terrorism,
radicalization and violent extremism in the region at large.
Mandera town is
situated at the Somalia border and stretches for about 20
kilometres from Border Point One, making it prone to frequent
Somalis living at
Bula-hawa town on the Somalia side had violated the no-man’s
land and encroached into Kenya. The wall will thus help rectify
Saleh said the
government will fast-track the construction of the 700-km
security wall aimed at blocking Al-Shabaab militants who enter
Kenya through the porous border.
The wall is manned
by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers who are already on
the ground. A surveillance road is also being built, running
parallel with the barrier, for easier monitoring of the border.
constructing a security wall which runs to the coastal town of
Lamu in April 2015 to help prevent Somali militants from
crossing into Kenya to carry out terror attacks.
have said the purpose of the wall is to demarcate the
Kenya-Somalia border besides securing the country from Al-Shabaab
militants based in Somalia.
have said the security wall will provide a long-term security
efforts to secure the border, adding that once the wall’s
construction is completed, it will only be crossed by entering
through the appropriate border points.
The barrier was
expected to be modeled on the snaking structure that separates
Israel from Palestine’s West Bank and would have seen bricks,
mortar and barbed wire line the border.
have also blamed the militants for being behind spates of
kidnapping of expatriates working in the sprawling refugee camps
in the incursion-prone northern region and tourists in the
coastal archipelago towns of Mombasa and Lamu.
Officials link these
attacks to the fact that Mandera (a border town in Kenya’s
northeast) and Bula Hawa (an adjoining town in Somalia) are
barely two kilometers apart, thus making it easy for terrorists
to cross the border and attack.