Event; Somali based jihadists Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants attempted to ambush a Kenya Army Border Operations Special unit forward base.
The militants torched 3 thatched huts. Army personnel from the forward base at Liboi were called in and effectively stopped the cross-border incursion.
Military Intelligence reports show at least 26 militants from the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen group were killed by Kenya Army during the operations. Dozens others escaped with gun injuries.
The porous Kenya-Somalia border has factored increase in terrorism acts in the border regions of the republic of Kenya.
Kenya has commenced the construction of a wall that will separate the two countries and effectively neutralize the threat posed by militants.
The cross-border attack signals escalation of terrorists militant strategy. It further shows existence of elements of Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants mobile bases near the Somali border with Kenya.
Analysis shows that Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen militants may be trying to establish larger operating bases in areas 100 kilometers from the Kenyan border with the intent to conduct future terror and militant attacks.