Saturday, May 24, 2003

Troops Moved to Somali Border
NAIROBI, 21 MAY 2003 (NATION)--Two Kenya Army battalions are stationed on the Kenya-Somali border in a fresh attempt to counter terrorism.

The soldiers will patrol the border, now the focus of the government's fight against terrorism, said National Security minister Chris Murungaru.

Intelligence reports had isolated the border as a possible entry point for terrorists, Dr Murungaru said, adding that the government was determined to crack down on terrorism.

Kenyan security forces were put on high alert last week after a bomb attack in Saudi Arabia in which 34 people died, and following Dr Murungaru's warning that a terror attack was imminent in the country.

"Burying our heads in the sand and wishing the problem away will not help," said the minister at his Harambee House office in Nairobi, after he received senior US army officers, who are in the country on an official visit.MORE

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