Somalia: Army Seizes Weapons Headed For Kenya

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The Somalia National Army (SNA) says it has confiscated a hoard of weapons that were headed for Mandera in Kenya, claiming Al-Shabaab intended to use it for attacks in towns along the border.

The weapons were seized by Somali troops on transit to Bulahawa and Mandera towns Tuesday evening, according to Jubaland government deputy minister for Security Abdirashid Hassan Abdinoor. He emphasised the importance of cooperation and cross-border support between the two countries as the threat of Al-Shabaab intensifies.

 

A ‘common enemy’

“The two countries are facing a common enemy that calls for collective and concerted efforts in fighting it,” Abdinoor was quoted by Nation. “This has made us concentrate on dealing with this so that Kenya can protect Somalia and vice versa,” he said.

The haul of weapons was said to include Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), hand grenades, ammunition, remote controlled petrol bombs, plus other supplies. The deputy minister didn’t reveal the quantities of each weapon but hinted they were substantial.

 

Kenya thanks Somali army

Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia thanked the SNA for its efforts in seizing the weapons – an act he called “brotherly care”.

“We are happy the Somalia authorities have taken the initiative of protecting Kenya by confiscating the weapons that were to cause a lot of destruction and loss of lives in these towns,” he said.

“We want to build on this opportunity that we have waited for long so that we minimise terrorism and give a chance to citizens in this region to interact peacefully and freely.”

 

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