Thursday, May 30, 2013
Leaders from Garissa county have accused the
government of laxity despite being warned in advance of Saturday's
attack in Damajaley location.
Garissa County governor Nadhif Jama, SUPKEM secretary general
Abdullahi Salat, Hamud Sheikh and peace lobby groups expressed concern
in the manner in which the police have reacted to security threats in
Garissa has been in the middle of retaliatory attacks by al shabaab
ever since Kenyan troops marched into Somalia in late 2011. Calm is
however said to be slowly returning to Damajaley location after the
weekend attack that left left five people dead and two people abducted.
Dadaab DC Albert Kimathi said police officers had been deployed in
the area to enhance security, adding that administration police posts in
the district along the border would be beefed up.
Kimathi also revealed that a team of GSU, regular and administration
police had embarked on mission to try and save the two officers,
constables Joseph Wambugu and Fredrick Chirchir, who were abducted
during the attack.
"Our officers are following up on crucial leads that will assist us
get the two officers, we will not relent until we get them back," said
the DC. The abduction of the two police officers brings the number of
Kenyans in the hands of the militia to four . Area DO Edward Mulei and
the registration officer Frederick Wainaina were in January last year
abducted and are suspected to be in captivity somewhere in Somalia.
Injured chief of Damajaley Omar Khalif has been discharged from the
Kulan hospital where he had been admitted.