Police launches crackdown on suspected terrorists in the north
01 April 2014, 22:49
Garissa - Police on Tuesday launched a major security crackdown on "terrorist activities" in northern region following numerous security breaches at the coastal region and Nairobi.
Garissa county CID commander Musa Yego confirmed the operation, saying security forces launched sting operations targeting public service vehicle operators such as buses and minibuses operating from Garissa and Wajir to Mombasa and Nairobi.
Yego said the security forces managed to nab some 25 suspects with dubious identification documents and will be arraigned in court to face charges of being illegal in the country.
"We plan to sustain the operation in the coming days to deter persons with ill motives from travelling to other parts of the country. This route is one of the main ones which the criminals use to sneak to Nairobi and other major towns to cause havoc," Yego told journalists in Garissa.
The regional CID commander termed the operation "successful" and noted that those arrested were in possession of fake ID cards and could not expound on the details upon further questioning.
The latest terrorist attack came after suspected terrorists on Monday evening killed at least six people and injured 18 others in twin blast which rocked Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi.
The police are yet to arrest those behind the heinous act which has sent panic about the resurgence of terror attacks in Eastleigh know as "little Mogadishu" for its large Somali population.
Yego said there was an increase in persons claiming to be students who upon further inquiry could neither identify the location nor the principal of their schools they are attending.
The operation comes just days after police officers from the anti-terror unit intercepted a Nairobi bound bus from Garissa and apprehended an Al-Shabaab commander at Mwingi in eastern Kenya.
The suspect is said to have returned to the country from Somalia with instructions on how to carry out a high-profile attack on a busy mall in the Eastlands area similar to the Westgate one where some 67 people were killed.
The Mandera-Garissa-Nairobi route is used by aliens who sneak in the country from the sprawling refugee camps in Dadaab and from Somalia via the porous borders.
They then in turn use private and public means to travel to Nairobi. Police have blamed them on the numerous attacks that have been carried out on the Kenyan soil.
Garissa town in northern Kenya have been the site of increasing grenade and gun attacks targeting both the Kenyan security forces and civilians since October 2011, when Kenyan military entered Somalia in pursuit of the militant Somali armed group, Al-Shabaab.