ELDORET (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday
called for unity in the war against terrorism and urged the
country’s soldiers to deal with emerging security challenges in
Kenyatta urged every
Kenyan to work together with the country’s security formations
to defeat terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism.
“We have already
anticipated the forces of terrorism, radicalization and violent
extremism and indeed we have met them in the field, it remains
only to defeat them and secure Kenya and our boarders,” he said
when he presided over the passing out parade of KDF recruits in
Eldoret in northwest Kenya.
terrorism, radicalisation and violent extremism as some of the
security threats that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has to protect
“That is why our
Kenya Defence Forces will continue its operations in AMISOM,” he
said and lauded efforts by the military to modernize its
operations including training to effectively deal with emerging
Three police reservists killed
in attack in northern Kenya
ISIOLO (Xinhua) --
Three Kenyan police reservists were killed in a
bandit attack in northern Kenya on Wednesday night, the police
Igembe Central divisional police commander, said on Thursday
that two other people were left with serious injuries during the
incident, which occurred along the border of Igembe Central and
Isiolo North regions, and taken to the local hospital.
Hulbale said the
armed bandits stole three guns but one has been recovered,
noting that more security forces have been deployed to flush out
the bandits in the area.
Residents said the
incident happened when the reservists tried to block the bandits
from stealing animals from villages in the area.
The residents said
the bandits escaped without stealing the targeted animals. This
is the latest such incident to happen in the region in a series
that have seen almost a dozen of people killed and tens of
The local police
chief said bandits from Turkan reportedly invaded and suddenly
attacked and a shootout broke.
incidences are common in the region and it turns bloody whenever
security agencies intervene to stop it. Police have in the past
reacted with force that also left many bandits killed and other
The east African
nation is surrounded by neighboring countries that for a long
time experienced civil strife which immensely contributed to the
influx of the illegal weapons into the hands of gangsters and
One injured as gunmen
attacks red cross vehicle in northeast Kenya
GARISSA (Xinhua) --
At least one person was injured while three
others escaped unhurt on Saturday after unknown gunmen opened
fire on a Kenya Red Cross vehicle in Garissa county, northeast
Kenya, the charity said.
According to the charity, the four were traveling from
Masalani to Ijara to conduct assessments for one of the four
projects they are implementing, when the attackers emerged from
a nearby bush and shot at the car.
"The injured volunteer was evacuated to Masalani Sub-County
hospital for stabilization and has already been evacuated to
Malindi by one of our ambulances for further treatment," Kenya
Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said in a statement.
Ruqa and Ijara areas are near the vast Boni forest in which
al-Shabab terrorists have been using as their hideout as they
launch attacks against Kenyans.
The volunteer who was injured was among other Kenya Red Cross
officials who were on board when they were attacked.
No group has claimed responsibility for the suspected al-Shabab
attack but residents said the vehicle was ferrying staff and
volunteers when it was ambushed by the unknown assailants.
They said the assailants who emerged from nearby bushes shot
arbitrarily at the vehicle from the front and sides. The injured
female volunteer had three bullets lodged in her body.
Gullet termed the attack as unfortunate, saying it was
targeting people who selflessly serve the respective communities
in the area which is close to the Somali border.
"The rest of the team were not injured and are currently
undergoing counseling and psychological support due to the
traumatic incident," he said.
The charity said police are investigating the incident,
adding a meeting has been scheduled with the area leadership and
community leaders to address the security challenges.
The latest incident came barely a week after three people,
including two children, were killed in a retaliatory attack
between two communities at Maraha area in the Isiolo-Garissa
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta says: ‘No country is immune
to terror and war’