Enhancing border patrol key in fight against Al- Shabaab, say N.Eastern legislators

One of the vehicles that was burnt during the attack on a security convoy where a woman was killed and five officers in a past al- shabbab attack. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: North Eastern legislators have called on the government to upscale its fight against terror group Al-Shabaab.

In a media briefing at parliamentary buildings on Monday, led by Aldas legislator Adan Keynan, they said that there is a need for Interior cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi and Defense Cabinet Secretary Rachel Omamo to upscale there fight against the terror group in order to minimize spate of terror attacks in the country.

On Sunday, five administration officers and three police reservists were killed after their vehicle was ambushed by suspected Alshabaab militants who staged An IED attack in Bojigaras, Wajir county.

Officers based at Kutulo AP camp were on the routine patrol when the attack transpired.

Keynan said that there is a need for the government to beef security especially enhancing border patrol in a bid to control criminal elements from the neighboring country of Somalia entering the country.

“What still remains puzzling, is if we have rooted out Alshabaab out of Somalia, why is it taking too long to have them. rooted out completely out; where they have attacked these soldiers inside Kenya. I want to appeal to the heads of armed forces the CS for Defense, the CS in charge of Interior to deal with these criminal elements ruthlessly by security agencies.”Keynan said.

The legislators indicated that spate of attacks especially in the counties of Wajir, Mandera, Garissa has affected day to day activities thus hampering development in the area.

Keynan urged the local residents to cooperate with the government in order to fast track the fight against terror especially in the upper eastern region.

“We want to appeal to local residents wherever they are to cooperate with the government agencies and report suspicious criminal elements in their midst to their chiefs their village elders, and to the head of security agencies. That is the only way we can contribute to the security well being of our nation.” Keyan said.