Heavy armed al-shabaab fighters have stormed a village in the northeast region of Garissa, destroying a generator powering Safaricom telecommunication mast.
According to Mohamed Birik, northeastern regional commissioner, the group was repelled by the security forces in in Diiso village.
The attack which took place on Wednesday was thwarted as the security forces defeated the fighters.
“I want to confirm that all our officers have been accounted for, not even one of them has also been injured or kidnapped as it is alleged by some quarters and on the social media,” Birik said on phone. “I want to appeal to people to kindly stop spreading rumors and unverified information because doing so only serves to create unnecessary tension and fear.”
Birik said that a team of security officers were already in the area to assess the situation noting that an operation involving a contingent of security officers was already pursuing the militants believed to have fled back towards the Kenya-Somali border.
“Our teams are already on the ground. Efforts are being made to pursue the militants. We have also stepped up operation along borders not only in Garissa but across the region,” said Birik.
He allayed fears that the militant could be targeting to attack other areas noting that security officers across the region were on high alert especially as the festive season draws near.
“Kenyans should be rest assured that their security is well taken care off. Our officers are alert and working round the clock to ensure that Kenyans remain safe. Let everybody go about their normal business without fear,” he said.