MANDERA (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government on Sunday revealed it has a
list of 35 individuals from northeastern county of Mandera who
have joined the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab network to carry out
attacks in their home country.
Mohamud Saleh, the
Northeastern Regional Commissioner, said that the 35 individuals
who are well known by the local community have raised families
in Kenya and have always alternated between Somalia and Kenya
“I have the names of
the youth who have been recruited by Al-Shabaab. We know their
families and even their wives. They cross over to Somalia often
to visit their families and nobody reports to authorities,”
Saleh told a group of elders who attended a peace meeting in
He regretted that so
far no elected leader or clan elder has condemned Al-Shabaab
publicly yet they are quick to condemn the government when
security agents carry out an operation to nab suspects.
shock at an incident where Kenyans at a border town in Mandera
accused security forces for bombing a mobile phone mast in
Somalia in retaliation to a similar attack mast by Al-Shabaab
“We must be honest
with ourselves. Unless leaders come out and take the lead in
restoring and maintaining security in Mandera, then the region
will never recover from insecurity,” Saleh told clan elders
He added that the
government has resolved to carry out a massive operation to
flush out Al-Shabaab militants in regions bordering Somalia.
Saleh said that
security forces in the area have made tremendous strides in
suppressing the Al-Shabaab menace in the area and the region at
Blast kills two Kenyan
soldiers, injure 3 others near border town
GARISSA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
Two Kenyan soldiers died and three others
sustained injuries when a vehicle they were traveling in was hit
by an improvised explosive device (IED) near the border with
Somalia on Saturday.
Mohamed Saleh, the
North Eastern Regional Coordinator, confirmed the incident on
Sunday, saying the explosive device was set up by Al-Shabaab
militants in northeastern Kenyan county of Garissa which shares
a border with Somalia.
Saleh revealed that
a response team has already been dispatched to the region to
hunt for the militants though none has been arrested so far.
“We have mounted
operations in the area in a bid to get those behind the attack,”
Saleh told journalists in Garissa, noting that the bodies of the
dead together with the injured victims had been airlifted to
administrator told reporters the hunt for the Al-Shabaab
militants had intensified and it is hoped they will be nabbed by
an elite team of security personnel.
The Kenyan security
personnel patrolling the Somalia border have been hit with a
series of explosion attacks since Kenya sent its troops to fight
Al-Shabaab inside Somalia in 2011.
The latest attack is
the second to happen in the region in the month of January.
Early this month, the terror gang destroyed at least five
communication masts crippling communication in the region.
Forces, which is part of African Union troops in Somalia, has
started withdrawing from the country as part of plans to leave
some operations to Somali troops.
UN agency says death of its
Somalia contractor being probed
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF
said Saturday that investigation is underway after the fatal
shooting of its contractor inside the UN agency’s compound in
Mogadishu on Friday.
A UNICEF Somalia
spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying all UNICEF condoled
with the family of the man who was killed on Friday afternoon.
“An investigation is
underway, and UNICEF staff are safe. Our thoughts are with the
family of the man who was killed,” the spokesperson told Xinhua.
Sources said the
former security guard at the UN agency who was reportedly sacked
and later rehired shot the Ugandan chef before escaping from the
The sources said the
government security forces arrived at the compound shortly after
the assailant had escaped and had begun investigating the
No arrest has been
made so far. The motive behind the shooting remained unclear.
AU’s Somalia mission to train,
mentor local security forces
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
said Sunday a multinational team of newly deployed police
officers will mentor and train local police forces in the
management of law and order as the country rebuilds its security
AMISOM said the 40
AU police officers from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone,
Uganda and Zambia who have just concluded induction training
will be deployed in different police stations in Mogadishu and
in the federal member states where AMISOM has presence.
Rex Dundun, the
Chief of Staff of AMISOM Police urged the police officers to
execute AMISOM’s mandate with diligence and commitment to duty
UN migration agency opens
office in Somalia amid displacements
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The UN migration agency said Friday it has
opened an office in Dollow in the Gedo region of Somalia in
response to the large-scale displacements caused by drought and
Organization for Migration (IOM) said it has scaled up its
emergency response programming in the region, implementing
community stabilization activities across the wider Gedo region,
including the rehabilitation of schools and district
Kevin Merkelz, an
IOM Operations Officer in Dollow, said IOM’s work in Dollow
would not be possible without the steadfast support and goodwill
of the local authorities.
of this office demonstrates our commitment to serve the affected
communities of Dollow in 2018 and beyond,” Merkelz said in a
statement issued in Mogadishu.
By May 2017, IOM’s
Displacement Tracking Matrix estimated that over 40,000
individuals lived across 58 IDP sites which host both newly
displaced persons and those in situations of protracted
according to IOM, increased to 75,684 by September 2017, when
the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster
undertook a detailed site assessment.
“IOM’s CCCM team is
working closely with the Government of Somalia and Dollow
District authorities to improve living conditions in
displacement sites through site expansion and planning, as well
as coordination with non-governmental organizations and other UN
agencies,” the UN agency said.
In December 2016, an
estimated 4,800 IDPs were living in Dollow, according to UNHCR’s
Protection and Return Monitoring Network.
UN Security Council welcomes
progress in Somalia
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The UN Security Council on Thursday welcomed
Somalia’s progress and urged the parties to make 2018 a year of
implementation of various reforms.
In a press
statement, the Security Council welcomed the political
commitment to security sector, economic and political reforms.
The council stressed
the importance of making progress on the political settlement in
preparation for elections in 2020/2021.
It welcomed the Nov.
5 agreement between the federal government and states on taking
forward security and federalism, and urged the federal
government to ensure high-level dialogue with states to make
progress on key issues, including the constitutional review,
elections, fiscal federalism, and power and resource sharing.
The council raised
concern about ongoing instability in Somalia and urged all
parties to resolve political differences through peaceful
Somalia’s commitment to working with partners to develop a
conditions-based transition plan with clear target dates.
Security Council on Wednesday, Michael Keating, the UN
secretary-general’s special representative for Somalia, reported
“definite progress” in the country thanks to the new federal
government that embraces reforms.
Since the peaceful
transition of power almost a year ago, the new government led by
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has crafted a commendable
national agenda embracing financial reform, job creation,
inclusive politics, conflict resolution and reform of the
security sector, said Keating.