Police are grappling with new tactics by the al Shabaab terror group of planting land mines and Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) on roads in the northern Kenya region. Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery said it is difficult to establish where IEDs are placed but termed the incidents “isolated cases”.
“Amisom in Somalia has inflicted a lot of casualties against al Shabaab and they have fragmented into small groups. They are now using this new tactic of IEDs. You cannot precisely tell where the Ied is laid.
But we will defeat them in this new tactic,” he said. Last week, four people died and 11 others sustained serious injuries after their vehicle ran over an Ied at Sheikh Barrow in Elwak.
Two chiefs and National Police Reservists were on board. And last month, 17 police officers were killed in Northern Kenya and Lamu areas.