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Kenyan police say al-Shabab planning attacks in border region

Kenyan police say al-Shabab planning attacks in border region

The Kenyan police warned on Thursday that Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab is planning to carry out terror attacks on key infrastructure in northeast Kenya including coast regions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Police spokesman Charles Owino said they have received credible intelligence that the terrorists who have waged increased attacks in Somalia were targeting key infrastructure in Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and the Coast counties.

“They are particularly targeting installations that are far flung along the border,” Owino said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Owino also clarified that the five paramilitary police officers who were killed on Wednesday were attacked on Somali soil and not in Kenya.

The five security officers were killed and three others seriously injured after their vehicle ran over a landmine in Liboi near the Kenya-Somalia border.

The early morning explosion happed when the police officers were on normal border patrol a few kilometres from the Somali border.

“We wish to assure members of the public that we have deployed our resources appropriately to counter any such actions by these criminals. Our officers are on high alert and will continue monitoring their movements at all times,” Owino said.

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