Kenya has tightened security in the northeastern city of Mandera, following a bloody attack by members of the Somalia-based al-Shabab group.
Vice-President of Kenya William Ruto tasked all security departments with searching for and hunting the perpetrators of the assault. Ruto has also urged the public to stay alert and cooperate with security forces.
David Kimaiyo, the inspector general of the country’s National Police Service, said on Saturday that security measures have been intensified in the area, adding more policemen will be deployed to the area.
“I want to assure the people and the residents of Mandera that the security will be announced, and the amount of officers will be deployed in the particular area,” David Kimaiyo, head of Kenya’s National Police Service, said on Sunday.
Suspected members of al-Shabab executed 28 people in an ambush on a bus in the northeastern Kenyan city on Saturday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, two police officers said that the bus, which was traveling to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with 60 passengers on board, was hijacked on Saturday some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the town of Mandera near the Somali border.
Kenya currently has over 3,000 soldiers stationed in southern Somalia, where they have been battling al-Shabab. The country sent troops into Somalia in late 2011, after al-Shabab carried out a series of raids inside Kenya.
The African Union Mission in Somalia has pushed al-Shabab out of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and other major cities. The mission is made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone and Kenya.