Security beefed up ahead of Garissa University attack anniversary

Police officers in Witu Forest PHOTO: file

Security has been beefed up across the country ahead of the Garissa University college attack anniversary.

According to a memo seen by Baraka FM copied to county police commanders,  the commanders have been advised to beef up security in highly populated areas and areas holding vital installations.

“ You are therefore instructed to order all commanders under your respective  Area of Responsibility to step up vigilance and to heighten the visibility of officers on patrol who must properly be briefed” Reads part of the memo.

The Garissa University College attack which remains the deadliest attack carried out on Kenyan soil by suspected Alshabaab militants claimed the lives of 147 people.

The attack was carried out on 2nd April 2015.

On 15th January, Alshabaab militants confirmed attacking the Dusit D2 complex along Riverside drive  in a two day siege that left 14 people dead, However the attack happened on the third anniversary of the  El Adde attack where Alshabaab militants overran a KDF military camp in Somalia leaving more than 100 KDF soldiers dead though government officials have never confirmed the figure.

On August 8th last year 5 Kenya Defence Force soldiers lost their lives after their vehicle ran over a homemade bomb in Bodhei area of Boni forest in Lamu county.

The KDF officers were part of the Operation Linda Boni which is a multi-agency operation meant to flush out Al-Shabaab militants from the vast forest.

Though no group ever confirmed responsibility for the attack, the attack came just a day after the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 United States Embassy bombings that claimed more than 200 lives.

This comes amidst media reports that the Kenyan contingent of the AMISOM has been moving away from their bases in Somalia towards the Kenyan border.