Five GSU officers killed, three injured in IED attack near Kenya-Somalia border
SEE ALSO :Mumias Sugar eyes cash from scrap metalThere were indications of imminent attacks in the area. Locals reported to authorities of movements that indicated Al-Shabaab terror group was planning an attack. “The indications were there because among others, elderly people had been moved from the area to Garissa and a number of youths had not returned to the area. Al-Shabaab militants were also sighted there,” said an official based in the area. Police had issued a security alert over possible attacks in the country by the Somalia based terror group during the Ramadhan season. Police spokesman Charles Owino, said security agencies had obtained credible intelligence suggesting that Al-Shabaab are planning to carry out attacks in various parts of the country during the holy month that begun May 15. The Liboi incident was the first one since the beginning of the period.
SEE ALSO :Suicide car bomber kills at least threeHe asked Kenyans to be extra vigilant especially in populated public places such as hotels, church, bus stages and schools. “Though the capability of Al-Shabaab has been greatly downgraded over time, we have credible intelligence suggesting that the militia group is planning to carry out further attacks in the country,” said Owino. “The group has in the past planned to carry out attacks during Ramadan especially along the Coastal and Eastern regions and in major towns across the country. We are therefore urging members of the public to remain on high alert and be extra vigilant,” he added. He said, Al-Shabaab and other terror groups such as Islamic State and AI-Qaeda have all issued ‘fatwas’ calling for increased attacks during the holy month of Ramadhan. He assured Kenyans of security saying that they are closely monitoring activities across Kenya border with Somalia in order to thwart any attempted terror attack.