Country Risk

Disrupted attack indicative of restrictive security environment, reducing likelihood of successful assault causing property damage in Kenya

19 February 2018


Kenyan armed police on 15 February arrested two suspected Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabaab) militants and shot and killed another during a security operation in Merti, Isiolo county.

Police seized five AK-series automatic rifles and 36 hand grenades, as well as high-impact explosives concealed in the doors of a four-by-four vehicle. Kenya’s participation in the regional African Union Mission in Somalia until end-2020 makes the country a more appealing target for transnational jihadist group Al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab uses a semi-autonomous unit based in Somalia, known as Jaysh Ayman, to plan, recruit for, and execute small-arms and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Kenya, primarily against security forces, hotels, and shopping malls.

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