Leaders from Garissa County have expressed their concern over the resurgence of al-Shabaab targeting security officers in Garissa and mandera counties that claimed 17 lives in the past two weeks.
The leaders said it’s worrying that after a year of relative lull, the militants have stepped their attacks again sending shivers among the residents.
Led by the Aulian clan sultan Hamud Sheikh Mohamed the leaders said the residents are now living in fear because the attacks are bringing back horrifying memories of Al-Shabaab attacks among them the Garissa university massacre that claimed 147 lives most of them students.
He said that security agents should go back to the drawing board and trace back their steps on what is going wrong.
Hamud called on the residents to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of those behind ‘these heinous crime’said.
Chairlady of Maendeleo Ya Wanawke Organization Halima Ibrahim and the Garissa women for peace chairlady Mariam Hussein both condemned the attacks.
Last week the militants shot and killed Umar Jillow chief in Mandera before crossing the border to Somalia.
Days later, 4 civilians were killed in Liboi when a miraa vehicle stepped on an IED killing all the occupants among them a one old baby on the spot.
In the last two days 11 security officers have been killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Mandera and Garissa.
On Wednesday 5 security details of Mandera governor Ali Roba were killed when their vehicle hit an IED. One civilian was killed in the car. The same day 3 security officers were killed when they run over an IED 7 kms from their base in Kulan on their way to Liboi.
On Thursday, 3 police officers escorting an immigration vehicle died when their vehicle also hit land mine.
North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh said three people have been arrested in connection with the death of the Mandera chief and planting of land mines in Liboi area.