Thursday, August 22, 2013
Al-Shabaab militants responsible for last week's murder of four
Kenyan police officers in the northern county of Garissa have been
killed by Kenyan forces, Garissa County Commissioner Rashid Khator told
Speaking to Xinhua by phone, Khator said the militants were
killed at the border town of Hulugho on Tuesday evening by the Kenya
Defense Forces (KDF), who had been pursuing the militants since last
"We believe these are the same individuals who were involved in
the killings of our four police officers. Our KDF officers engaged them
in a heavy exchange of fire and gunned down several of them," said
Khator, without specifying the number of militias who were killed.
The official said the militants were crossing the border to
Somalia after they attacked a police camp at Galmagala Division, killing
four unsuspecting police officers last Friday evening.
Khator said the group of about 20 militiamen were reportedly
wearing camouflage uniforms similar to those of the Somalia Transitional
Federal Government forces.
Khator said KDF and other security agents have mounted aggressive
security operations along the border towns in order to apprehend the
"Since last Friday incident where our officers were gunned down,
we have enhanced our operation in the bushes and beefed up security
along our borders. This is what led to the killing of the militia,"
He said the security forces are also on hot pursuit, tracking
down another splinter group of Al-Shabaab which was reportedly spotted
along the border town of Amuma.
Meanwhile, normalcy has returned back to Galmagala town after security reinforcement in the restive region.
The deployment of more security forces in the town came after
local residents urged the national government to either post more forces
to the area or they will arm themselves as members of the Kenya Police
Last Saturday, security chiefs from the county toured the area to
assess the damage caused by the insurgents. They promised to ensure
that more security officers are posted in the area.
Speaking to Xinhua at Galmagala, elder Yare Ali said that it
could be wise to recruit and arm the locals to provide surveillance
because they are more familiar with the local terrains and they can
easily track the militiamen when similar attacks occurs in future.
The restive town and other towns in the region have been plagued
by insecurity since late 2011 when Kenyan troops launched cross border
incursion into southern Somalia in pursuit of Al- Qaida-linked
Somali insurgents have threatened reprisal attacks in Kenya if her soldiers do not leave the Horn of Africa nation.
The country has been subjected to successive attacks along the Kenyan coast by Al-Shabaab operatives.
Recent grenade attacks in the northern region have prompted the
authorities to heighten security in Nairobi, Mombasa and in the northern