Somali based terrorists conducted a robbery in a Kenyan health center located in the Garissa frontier county on the morning of December 23rd 2018. Some members of the Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, Harakat Shabaab Mujahideen committed a robbery in Kenya.
The robbers broke into Sangole Health Center in Ijara Sub-County lower Garissa and stole food supplements and medicine. The terror group often conducts acts of robbery to build up stockpiles of supplies meant to see them through the dry weather season experienced early in the year.
There’s presence of small terrorists cells in the lower north eastern province. Though active and violent, the cells have been significantly degraded by army and rapid border patrol unit’s kinetic operations.
Robberies are early indicators of coordination and operations capability degradation and high numbers of wounded members (in desperate need of medical attention). It is also an indicator of degraded supply routes meaning terrorist’s bases are inaccessible to their parent bases (operational isolation). This can be best described as significant win against terrorism by Kenya Security agencies conducting counter-terrorism operations along the border with Somalia. Isolated and degraded terror cells are vulnerable and easy to decommission by security agencies.