In Nairobi, Kenya, the police successfully prevented a potential lethal attack from the Al-Shabaab terrorist group on Monday. They discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Dadaab area, targeted at public service vehicles (PSVs) and passengers within the porous region of Garissa County. The Al-Shabaab militants, known for their attacks in Somalia and Kenya, actively target security forces and innocent civilians in their fight against the UN-backed government of Somalia.
Witnesses shared that the Al-Shabaab planted the IED along Abdisugow Road in Tawfiq village. However, vigilant security officers detected the bomb and redirected the PSVs to safer routes. The bomb disposal experts then safely detonated the bomb. Officials have emphasized that if the bomb had gone off, it would have caused significant destruction and loss of lives. As the area is near the Kenya-Somalia border, which is frequently breached by al-Shabaab terrorists, elite police officers have increased patrols in the region to improve the situation.
In a separate operation, close to Dadaab, a joint security team raided an al-Shabaab logistics base in Amuma, Garissa. They discovered and seized food supplies, including maize flour and sugar water. These supplies were essential for the terrorists’ newly deployed explosive experts from Somalia who planned to carry out attacks on security personnel using IEDs in the region.
Meanwhile, a group of passengers narrowly escaped an attack by gunmen suspected to be affiliated with the terror group at Bukuree Dam along the Garissa-Hulugho road.
To enhance security in the targeted areas, Kenya has deployed special forces from the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) to Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, and Lamu counties. These forces will join the existing multi-agency security teams that have been conducting extensive operations in the region.