UPDATE: Kenya hunts down al-Shabaab fighters after deadly attack

Kenya has dispatched hundreds of security forces to Wajir County after al-Shabaab fighters attacked Mandera-bound bus.

The attack on Friday evening claimed lives of eight non-locals traveling to Mandera.

Speaking to the media Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik said that security officers led by special forces have been deployed on the ground and are conducting both ground and aerial surveillance to pursue al-Shabaab fighters.

“As a government, we will never relent. We will go for them and smoke them out of their hideouts. Our resolve to completely eliminate this region of these heartless people is never in doubt,” he said.

The official said the government directed the heads of security agencies to take measures to secure the region and protect the citizens.

“In the meantime, all the three county commissioners and the entire intelligence committees are under a directive to ensure that suitable measures are put in place to ensure that the lives of Kenyans are protected including providing escort to the buses that ply Mandera and Wajir route. I have already communed the same with them,” he said.

Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi has condemned the the attack and urged the national government to be proactive in matters security ’and not to wait for such incidences to happen before acting’.

“I want to appeal to our security apparatus to remain proactive and on alert at all times. we cannot be loosing live in the hands of the militants in this day and age,” he said.

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