Kenya closes border with Somalia.

Halkaan ka akhri

The Kenya-Somalia border has been closed indefinitely following threats of attacks by the Somali militia group Al shabaab.
The militia group which has been involved in intense fighting with Ethiopian troops for a week is accusing Kenya of allowing Ethiopian soldiers to operate from its border towns.
Mandera District Commissioner Benson Leparmoriga has denied the claims saying that Kenya was not involved in any way in the fight between the two groups.
The DC told KBC that security patrols in the area have been increased and assured Kenyans that their safety was guaranteed.
The administrator said residents who had fled their homes for fear of attacks were slowly returning home since the fighting has ceased.
On Monday Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said security agents across the country are on high alert and called on Kenyans to be vigilant and report to police incase they encounter any suspicious individuals or groups.
Iteere said the threats by Alshabaab could not be taken for granted considering they issued a similar warning to Uganda before bomb attacks that killed more than 70 people in July last year for which they claimed responsibility.
Calm has returned to the border town of Mandera following a week-long fighting on the Somalia side between Al -Shabaab militia, troops allied to the Somali transitional Government and Ethiopian troops.
During the fighting, one person was killed by stray bullets fired from Somalia and ten others injured.
The Al Shabaab have threatened to launch an attack against Kenya for assisting the Somali Transitional government by allegedly allowing Ethiopian forces to stage raids from its territory.
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