Somalia: hands over weapons stolen by Al Shabaab to Kenya

The Somali National Army (SNA) on Wednesday held a security meeting with the Kenyan security team and handed over weapons that were discovered Tuesday in Bulla Hawa, Somalia, after intelligence reports.

The weapons, allegedly stolen from the Somalia security forces by suspected Al Shabaab militants, were speculated to be targeting Kenya’s Mandera area.

The delegation, led by Jubaland Commander DC Bulla Hawa and senior security officials from lower Juba region, met their Kenyan counterparts at the Kenya-Somalia border to hand over the assortment of weapons believed to be used to attack Kenyans.

The weapons handed over included IEDs, bullets and rifles for detonation and disposal.

The Mandera security team was headed by the County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia, OC Kenya Defence Force, OC GSU, OC RBPU, OCPD and other heads of the security departments.

Speaking at the hand-over, Shisia congratulated their Somali counterpart and urged them for their support in all situations.

Mandera County has suffered a spate of terror attacks in the past. However, in recent months security has improved.

For the past two years, attacks using IEDs have been on the rise. Mandera Governor Ali Roba has in the past been attacked.

The Somali officials asked Kenya for more support since terror is a common enemy.