Kenyan Fighter Jets Hit Al Shabaab Base

Kenyan Fighter Jets Hit Al Shabaab Base

Reports from the southern Somali city of Bardere state that Kenyan fighter jets hit Al Shabaab base near the city.

The casualties is still unclear. But the move comes after Al Shabaab said it will respond to Kenyan MP Suggestion for negotiations to stop attacks inside Kenya.

National assembly majority leader and close aide of Kenyan President Adan Duale has since rejected the claim in his official twitter account saying “They will and shall never negotiate with terrorists.”

Kenyan jet
A Kenyan fighter jet

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Kenya Defence Forces need to take control of the border from Kiunga in Lamu County to Mandera.

He said it will help curb further terror attacks in the country from the Somalia based militia group Al-Shabaab who have claimed responsibility of a number of attacks in various parts of the country.

Al-Shabaab militias have also been linked to the attack last week on Mandera Governor Ali Roba’s convoy that left three people dead and six others injured.

The Kenya border with Somalia is said to contribute highly to terror attacks in the country.

A report by Kenyan police released on February 25 indicates that terror remains a major challenge in the country’s security situation, just as it is a global problem.

The report says 312 were killed in terrorism-related attacks in Kenya between 2012 and 2014.

In those 24 months, police stated that terror attacks also left 779 people injured, with counties bordering Somalia being the worst hit.

The year 2014 had the highest number of deaths resulting from terror attacks at 173, with Lamu County accounting for 67 deaths, while Mandera saw 64 people killed.

Omar Wardere is a Somali researcher, reporter and editor. He is a committee member of National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and member of Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa.