Hundreds of Kenya’s national police reservists (NPR) and military forces have been deployed along Kenya’s border with Somalia in the intensified fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
The deployed officers are set to close in on jihadists making attempts to cross the border and into Kenya.
Mandera County Commissioner, Kutswa Oloka who spoke to the local media said the officers would assist in patrols in villages along the Kenyan border with Somalia that have increasingly become a soft target.
The move by the Kenyan government is to ensure protection of civilians along the border and neighbouring villages.
This move comes days after Al-Shabab attacked a camp at Manza in Sheikh Barrow, Mandera County.
Lafey deputy county commissioner Erick Oronyi said that the attack found the Administration Police unit on high alert.
“The attackers started by hurling explosives into the camp before shooting at officers but luckily no one was injured,” he said.
Al-Shabab fighters have been attacking the Kenyan town since 2011 when the East African nation sent its troops to Somalia.
Kenya Defense Force (KDF) are currently operating in Southern Somalia under the framework of African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
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