Kenya’s government announced it will start building a wall that will stretch almost 435 miles along its northeastern border with Somalia as a means of slowing the crossing of terrorists affiliated with the group al-Shabaab.
“This will help us check on people like al-Shabaab from crossing to and from Somalia,” said Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, Defense News reported. “We will not limit movement of other people. There is a need for joint cooperation between both countries and our leaders in dealing with terrorism, which has affected us negatively.”
Al-Shabaab is tied to al-Qaida, a terror organization that is at odds with ISIS. And the groups – al-Qaida and its offshoots as well as ISIS and its offshoots – have been engaged in a long-running turf war in Somalia. Kenya’s National Police warned citizens just a few weeks ago to beware the turf wars – they pose a danger to the rest of the country.
“The security barrier consists of a concrete wall ringed with a barbed-wire electric fence and trenches,” Nkaissery said, Breitbart reported. “It will also have observation posts where electronic surveillance cameras will be installed to monitor movements on either side of the border.”
The fence-building decision came shortly after Kenya Defense Forces and Somalian military officials killed 34 al-Shabaab terrorists during two recent attacks.
Citizen travel shouldn’t be affected by the wall, Nkaissery said.
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“Contrary to assertions by the Somali government and some influential clans and communities on either side of the border, the [proposed] fence would not limit or deter the movement of people between the two countries,” he said, Breitbart reported.
More than 400 have been killed in Kenya in terror-related attacks since 2012, Defense News said.