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Boinett alone cannot eradicate Al Shabaab

13 March 2015, 14:33 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Terror group Al Shabaab have claimed the attack on a convoy in which Mandera Governor Ali Roba was a part of, raising concern that they are once again gaining ground in the region.

It is understood that Shabaab announced through local radio reports Friday that they had executed an attack in Mandera which targeted the Governor.

Shabaab also claimed that the attackers had escaped without injury and were hiding in an unknown location.

The attack though raises temperatures in the region once again and comes just a few months after 60 people were massacred by Shabaab militants in Mandera.

And it also brings focus on the new Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett who just took office Wednesday.

Boinett will be tasked with ensuring that such attacks are a thing of the past but going by previous cases, it is likely that he will find it a hard task to deal with the menace.

However, security experts claim that Boinett alone will not finish off Shabaab and that a greater effort across board is needed.

" Boinett alone is not the answer to Shabaab. We need the issue to be managed from all across government," Jason Mukera, a security expert told News24.

" He will be the scapegoat because he is the head of police, but the Intelligence Services, and greater defence mechanism also needs to step up."

" It has to be a collective job and if not, we will have this issue reigning all over us," he added.

Last year alone, over 300 Kenyans died from terror related incidents, a number that many hope will be reduced by the new change of guard.

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