Published On: Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

Kenya speeds completion of security wall at Somalia border

Seen through the ruins of a building damaged during a previous conflict, Kenyan army soldiers patrol in Tabda, inside Somalia, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012. Kenya’s military crossed the border into Somalia in an offensive against Somali militant group al-Shabab in October after Somali gunmen carried out several kidnappings in Kenya, and al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri announced a merger between al-Shabab with al-Qaida in early February. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

The Kenyan government will fast track completion of a 30-kilometer security wall along the border with Somalia to ward off infiltration by Al-Shabaab militants, officials have said.

Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia told reporters that the border security wall will be completed by January 2017 to strengthen the war against terrorism.

“The construction of a security wall along Somali border will resume soon following frequent terror attacks from Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera County. The exercise will be completed after 75 days from today,” said Shisia.

He revealed that Kenya Defense Forces will man the border security wall to prevent Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militants from crossing into Kenya.

Mandera County that neighbors Somalia has recently borne the brunt of terrorist attacks carried out by Al-Shabaab.

In the month of October alone, 19 people have died in Mandera, following attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

Local administrators have supported construction of a border wall along Somalia border to curb movement of armed groups.

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