Kenya foils terror attack

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Kenya seized six men suspected of planning an attack sponsored by al Shabaab from neighbouring Somalia, the head of Kenyan police said.

In recent weeks, the East African nation has lost 20 officers in attacks, mostly on deserted roads in the northern region bordering Somalia, with militants used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of the police, said in a statement two of the suspects were Kenyans and the others were Somali nationals. Police also seized assembled explosives, four suicide vests and bomb-making materials such as TNT.
“The six were dispatched from Burhanche in Somalia by their commanders to launch attacks in Kenya,” Boinnet said.

Kenyan security forces worked with their counterparts in Somalia to foil the attack and to capture the suspects. Those captured were being interrogated to establish the extent of the entire network, Boinnet said.

Kenya has faced a security challenge from across the border ever since it sent troops into Somalia in late 2011 to help defeat al Shabaab militants and restore order.