Somalia: Mandera Youths Cross Into Somalia to Join Al-Shabaab

At least three youths from Mandera County have crossed into Somalia and joined Al-Shabaab, North Eastern Regional Commissioner Nick Ndalana has revealed during a security meeting.

“We are very much aware that three youths from Fino and Lafey areas have crossed into Somalia and joined Al-Shabaab but I want to assure everyone here that we are following them,” he said on Monday.

Mr Ndalana called on parents to ensure they are fully aware of their children’s activities and whereabouts.

He urged parents of the three youths, whom he did not name, to ask their children to surrender to Kenyan security agencies.

“As parents, you need to talk to those youths who have crossed into Somalia to return because we shall have them dealt with just like we are dealing with our enemy,” he warned.

New sub-county

Mr Ndalama was speaking during the commissioning of Arabia Sub-County which was hived from Mandera East and Lafey sub-counties.

Mr Solomon Chezera will be the first deputy county commissioner of Arabia, an area which has been experiencing insecurity posed by the Al-Shabaab militants.

“Commissioning of this new sub-county means services have been brought close to the people and we will only achieve that if we cooperate in securing this area,” said Mr Ndalana.

He said the national government has fully stamped its authority in Arabia and that all the relevant agencies will do all what it takes to ensure security improves.