(By Bonny Apunyu)
Following early intelligence that Al-Shabaab militants were targeting Yumbis village in Ijara, Garissa County, Kenyan Kenyan security forces on Thursday evening thwarted a possible terrorist attack by Islamic militants, Kenya’s Interior Ministry said adding that villagers alerted security forces that they had spotted armed militants in the area at around 6pm.
According to Daily Nation, Interior Ministry spokesperson Mr Mwenda Njoka said in a statement that “Security forces swiftly mobilized and engaged the militants in gun battle. No casualties were reported.”
In a related incident, Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Mr Joseph Boinnet reportedly said the Al-Shabaab militants were harassing locals but were repulsed by security personnel. " Security forces last night ambushed an Al Shabaab mob, found harassing locals for food & water Yumbis, Ijara. Attempted incursion repulsed," he said Friday in a post on his Twitter account.
At least 148 people were killed by al-Shabaab terrorists at the Garissa University College in Garissa county, Kenya.