Security Heightened in Mandera Town & Frontier Areas Following Al-Shabaab Attack in Bullahawa, Somalia

Security in Mandera town and it’s environ has been heightened following Al-Shabaab attack about four kilometers away in Bullahawa, Somalia.

Security contingents drawn from KDF Army, and police units were put on standby in Mandera town over fears of spill over from Al-Shabaab attack on a SNA military base in neighbouring Bullahawa, Somalia. Bullahawa is close to Mandera town.

Recently Kenyan intelligence agency had warned of a group of Al-Shabaab militants who reportedly finished their military training at a camp called Qoriyow about 78kilometers Southwest of Bullahawa, Gedo region which is also close to Kenya-Somalia border.

According to the intelligence provided the militants undertook training for a period of 2 months and the training focused on Amniyaat training (Military Intelligence) spearheaded by militant commander identified as Maalim Daud from Marehan clan, an Al-Shabaab head of radicalization in Gedo region.

The graduates were tasked to carry out kidnappings and assassination along Kenya – Somalia border, especially in Mandera as soon as possible.


According to North Eastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh, security has been heightened citing fear of the spillover of the attack but by 7.30am nothing had happened in Kenyan side. The fighting started on Monday at about 5am.

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