The US warns Kenya to prepare for more attacks by Islamic militants from Somalia

A blast in Lamu

The terror group has regrouped and intensified attacks with the latest being in Lamu and another in Mandera counties

By Our Special Correspondent in Mombasa

A US security think tank linked to the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and FBI have warned the government of Kenya to prepare for more attacks as the country devotes time and resources on the August 9, 2022, general election, sources say. The think tank warned that Nairobi seems to have “lowered its guard” in the wake of the recent attacks by suspected Alshabaab militants who had gone underground since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent national lock-down that followed.

“Because of the dusk to dawn curfew and restricted movements, the Somali militants were unable to mobilize and deploy fighters” the think tank familiar with AMISOM operations noted. But after Kenya lifted the blockade in the month of October 20 2021, the terror gang has regrouped and intensified attacks with the latest being in Lamu and another in Mandera counties. Attackers defied heavily armed KDF units in Lamu blowing up a truck that killed 6 soldiers before disappearing in the Boni thicket.

A KDF massive dragnet in Boni forest has failed to flush out the terrorists from their bases. The government has since announced a night curfew in Lamu

A KDF massive dragnet in Boni forest has failed to flush out the terrorists from their bases. The government has since announced a night curfew in Lamu. In Mandera, the terror gang killed 4 Kenyan soldiers using IEDs despite a heavy presence of KDF troops. Alshabab commanders and senior financiers in the Middle East have demanded that Kenya withdraws troops it deployed in Somalia in 2011 especially Kismayu port which was their economic lifeline.

The terror gang spokesmen warned that they would strike at the “heart” of Nairobi if troops were not withdrawn. The gang seemed to keep its word when fighters invaded and laid siege at the upscale Westgate in 2014 where up to 68 shoppers were gunned down. In 2015 the gang staged a midnight attack on students at the Garissa University where they spared Muslims but slaughtered 150 including lecturers and subordinate staff.

In 2019, the gang again struck in the heart of Nairobi CBD at a five star Dusit hotel (D24). A suicide bomber and 4 others with rifles killed 25 people; they were subdued by an elite anti-terror police unit that secured the area.

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