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Thursday, 27 Oct 2016 17:47 EAT
The government today imposed an immediate dusk-to-dawn curfew on Mandera County, two days after Al Shabaab militants killed 12 people at a hotel in Mandera Town. Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery announced the curfew in Kenya Gazette Notice 183 dated October 26. The towns affected by the regulation requiring people to remain indoors between 6.30pm and 6.30am include Mandera Town, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey Kotulo, Elwak and the environs extending to 20 kilometres from the Kenya-Somalia border.
“Every person who resides within the Sub-County shall except under, and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a written permit granted by the respective Deputy County Commissioner for the affected areas, remain indoors in the premises at which they reside or at such other premises as may be authorized,” Mr Nkaissery ordered.
The curfew, according to the order made in accordance to Section 8 (1) of the Public Order Act by the minister will last for 90 days, ending December 27. Earlier on Thursday, a court in Mandera allowed officers from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) to hold for 10 days the caretaker of the hotel, Abdirahman Ali.
Meanwhile, Mr Nkaissery had on Tuesday announced elaborate security measures to restore normalcy in Mandera that has recently witnessed sporadic terrorist attacks carried out by the Shabaab. He said the Kenya Defence Forces would set up a border command unit to counter the infiltration of Shabaab terrorists into the country. Mr Nkaissery said the establishment of unit along the Kenya Somalia border will boost security along the neighbouring towns including Mandera and Lamu prone to terrorist attacks due to the porous Kenya- Somalia border.
Recently, the Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe said additional military personnel will specifically be dispatched along the Mandera-Lamu border to deal with attacks posed by the terror groups. Mwathethe said the newly proposed border command unit will play a major role in securing the porous Kenya-Somalia border. "Static, mobile road blocks and check points will continue to be mounted to prevent the movement of ISIS, Al Shabaab and other terror groups into our country,” said Mr Mwathethe.
Speaking in Mombasa, Mr Nkaissery said more police officers have been deployed to hunt down those behind the Tuesday attack in which 12 people were killed in a dawn attack by the Shabaab. Mr Nkaissery commended police for swift response. He said the militants used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to gain access into the guest house before opening fire indiscriminately on the innocent victims.
He said bomb experts are analysing the crime scene to establish the source of the explosive and gather further evidence. “We are still getting more information to ensure those involved are apprehended, but we are working around the clock putting appropriate measures to ensure citizens across the country are secure and safeguarded,” said Mr Nkaissery.