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Police receive armoured vehicles to help fight Al Shabaab

01 February 2016, 20:51

Nairobi - Police officers have received Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) to use in volatile areas, in a measure the President says is meant to modernise the force.

According to The Daily Nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the APCs at GSU headquarters in Nairobi.

According to the President, the APCs will wean the Kenya Police Service from dependence on the military or other security agencies for performance of their duties.

" The purchase of the APCs is a very important milestone as it will go along way in securing the frontier areas of our country," the President said at the commissioning ceremony.

The commissioning comes a few weeks after the President decried the loss of lives belonging to Policemen fighting the Shabaab in northern Kenya thanks to the use of improvised explosive devices IED'S by terrorists.

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According to another report on The Standard, officials said they would be deployed to main border areas, especially the Kenya-Somalia one, to help in the fight against terrorism.

It reported that more than 20 security personnel have died in cross border attacks by Al-Shabaab terrorists. The latest was last week in Lamu where seven officers were killed after their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device.

Shabaab forces hiding in the expansive Boni forest have resorted to using the IED's to launch small disabling attacks on Kenyan Police and the new vehicles will boost officers on patrol in the volatile areas.

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