The Kenya Defense Forces have arrested at least 30 Somali nationals at the border town of El Wak following a security sweep to nab terrorists attempting to gain entry into Kenya. Among the detained were businessmen who have been rumoured to have links with the al Shabaab and who are used by the terror group for money laundering and supplies.
The rest of the group were youths who are being investigated to determine their links to the terror group as well as any other possible intel on imminent threat or attack on Kenya. The KDF contingent at El Wak has been beefing up security in the northeastern region especially at the border between Kenya and Somalia to deter any attempts at an al Shabaab attack. The arrests are seen as positive strides to stop attacks by al Shabaab militants who cross the border at the town disguised as businessmen and traders only to mount deadly attacks on innocent civilians.
The Kenyan government has reinforced its commitment to protect the country from both domestic and foreign threats especially from the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants by deploying KDF to man the border and its environs.