GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan officials on Monday
pledged stern action against members of the public lending
support to terrorists along the volatile border with Somalia.
Mohamed Birik, northeastern regional commissioner, said that
individuals or groups providing material or logistical support
to Somalia-based al-Shabab militants will face the full force of
Birik revealed that security officers who were on a recent
patrol mission in the expansive Boni forest stumbled upon 20
jerrycans stuffed with food that were buried underground.
The government official said enhanced patrols inside the al-Shabab
hideout of Boni forest that straddles Kenya and Somalia,
revealed that members of the local community were accomplices in
"Our officers upon thorough inspection found that the
jerrycans that were buried more than five feat underground were
neatly packed with rice, sugar, beans and cooking oil," Birik
told reporters in Garissa.
"This latest incident has confirmed our fears that we have in
our midst local people who are aiding terror activities.
"I would like to issue a stern warning to the collaborators
that they will be severely punished once they are identified,"
He urged members of the public to be on the high alert and
report any suspicious characters in their midst.
"I want to urge the public to be wary of the militants who
want to gain entry into the country through the border during
this rain season," said Birik.
The official challenged local administrator like chiefs and
their assistants to intensify vigilance and ensure that
suspected terrorists and their sympathizers are apprehended.
"The chiefs and their assistants are the eyes of the
government on the ground.
"They are expected to know what is happening especially
matters to do with security," said Birik.
Heavily armed militants who can walk long distance on foot
during rainy season always take advantage of the poor
infrastructure that undermine patrols along the Kenya-Somalia
The government has since last year been recruiting police
reservists to boost patrols in the terror hotspots.
Kenyan police seek help
for arrest of three terror suspects
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police on Sunday urged the public to
provide any information that will lead to the arrest of three
wanted terror suspects behind insecurity across the East African
Anthony Munga, National Police Service’s deputy spokesman
also circulated photos of the suspects whom he said could be
armed and dangerous and may cause harm to the public and urged
the three suspects to surrender themselves.
"We urge those who suspect that their relatives or
acquaintances could have joined jihadi groups, are planning to
travel to jihadi theatres, or have returned from countries known
to harbor jihadists to immediately report to the nearest police
station," Munga said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Munga who did not provide names of the wanted terror suspects
said the police have already started taking legal action on
individuals who have failed to report on their associates and
relatives who have joined jihadi organizations.
Kenya is currently engaged in the fight against the militia
group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under the African
Union peacekeeping mission African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
have intensified fight against the insurgents.
The east African nation faces insecurity as bomb attacks
using improvised explosive devices and grenades have targeted
the coastal city of Mombasa and northeastern regions since the
military entered Somalia in 2011 to secure the shared border
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