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Don't help terrorists, Wajir residents warned.

Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik on Tuesday warned residents in border towns against aiding terror militia, saying they will be severely punished.

It is feared that some residents, including government officials, are aiding the Somalia-based al Shabaab terrorists.

Speaking in Khorof Harar, the scene of the IED attack that killed seven policemen on Saturday, Birik said the war on terror can never be won if residents are aiding the militia.

He was consoling residents and affirmed the government commitment to fight terror.

During the attack, two other police officers were injured. One is missing.

Birik was accompanied by the county and regional security teams and Governor Mohamed Abdi, MPs Rashid Kasim, Ahmed Bashane and Ahmed Abdisalan of Wajir East, Tarbaj and Wajir North constituencies, respectively.

'I urge residents to desist from these acts and instead be patriotic. You are the ones who suffer the most since all economic activities stall in times of insecurity, terror included," Birik said.

He said border towns will soon receive additional police reservists who will be easily identifiable and well-remunerated to a complement the work of the regular police.

I have always insisted the problem on our borders is bigger and requires the military who have the numbers and the machinery to fight al Shabaab

MP Rashid Kasim

There are fears that some locals including government officials are aiding the Somali based al Shabaab terror group.

MP Kasim repeated his call for the government to deploy a specialised anti-terror security force in all the border towns of Korof Harar, Konton and Kharsa.

'I have always insisted that the problem on our borders is bigger and requires the military who have the numbers and the machinery to fight Shabaab," he said.

Kasim urged residents not to harbour criminals but to help security forces by sharing information.

Governor Abdi said no meaningful development can be achieved in an insecure environment and urged residents to cooperate with the security forces by providing actionable information.

MP Kassim repeated his call for the government to deploy a specialised anti-terror security force in all the border towns of Korof Harar, Konton and Kharsa.

'I have always insisted that the problem on our borders is bigger and requires the military who have the numbers and the machinery to fight Shabaab," he said.

Kassim urged residents not to harbour criminals but to help security forces by sharing information.

Governor Abdi said no meaningful development can be achieved in an insecure environment and urged residents to cooperate with the security forces by providing actionable information.

' There have been fears that some locals including government officials are aiding the Somali based al Shabaab terror group,' he said.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Jun 19, 2019
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