July 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Government of Kenya has promised to defeat the Somali terrorist group Al Shabaab, linked to Al Qaeda, after the latest attacks carried out in areas of Kenyan territory located near the common border and fearing that it will expand its operations to the neighboring country due to pressure to which it is being subjected by the resurgence of military operations by Somalia.
The Kenyan Interior Minister, Kithure Kindiki, has stressed in a message on his account on the social network Twitter that “the Government will defeat Al Shabaab and all violent extremists who continue to threaten national security and destabilize communities in northeast Kenya.” .
Thus, he explained that “through collaborative partnerships with community and religious leaders, security agencies will crush violent extremists and combat cross-border crime, while facilitating the development of the Northeast Region.”
Al Shabaab has carried out numerous attacks in Kenya in recent years and against Kenyan soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of a regional mission to combat the group. Since June there have been various attacks on Kenyan territory that have raised fears of an expansion of the group’s operations.
Faced with this situation, the Kenyan Defense Minister, Aden Duale, recently stated that the Government plans to modernize the weapons of the Armed Forces in order to fight against Al Shabaab and end the attacks in the region. Thus, he assured that the Army will receive armored transport vehicles with the capacity to detect improvised explosive devices throughout the areas under his command.
Somalia has increased offensives against Al Shabaab in recent months with the support of clans and local militias as part of a series of decisions taken by the president, Hasan Sheikh Mohamud, who promised upon taking office to put the fight against terrorism at the center of his efforts to stabilize the African country.