GARISSA (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government said Wednesday it will recruit more Kenya
Police Reservists (KPR) to help intensify patrols along the
regional commissioner Mohamed Birik told journalists that the
reservists which normally complement Kenyan police efforts in
community policing, will boost security along the porous border
that the Somalia-based al-Shabab terror group have been using to
make incursions into the country.
“The reservists will
greatly boost the strength of our security officers patrolling
the porous border. They will closely work with the chiefs and
their assistants on daily engagements,” Birik told journalists
“Majority of those
to be recruited are retired security officers who left the
service with good track records. We shall thoroughly vet them,”
government official said the reservists are among several
measures the government wants to put in place to ‘secure’ the
border and stop attacks perpetuated by the al-Shabab.
Birik urged the
residents to continue volunteering information on suspicious
characters within their midst.
“We are not out of
the woods yet. More needs to be done. I thank the people of this
region for the support they have given to us of which we could
not have made the gains we are proud of today,” he said.
have staged a string of attacks in Kenya, including April 2,
2015 massacre at Garissa University that left 148 students dead
and a 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall that
Birik declined to
reveal the number to be recruited for security reasons, saying
security will be intensified along the common frontier.
Kenya continues to
suffer several attacks as terrorists change tuck to beat
heightened security and carry on with their heinous acts
In the recent past,
there have been numerous attacks involving landmines, grenades,
or other explosive devices in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa
counties by the insurgents.
The Somali militants
have been targeting military and police vehicles either by
laying an ambush or planting explosives on the road in northeast
region especially in Mandera and Garissa counties.