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20 May 2020 | 05:05 AM UTC

Kenya: Suspected Al-Shabaab militants clash with security forces in Garissa county May 19

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Suspected Al-Shabaab militants clash with security forces in Garissa county May 19; further clashes possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/20/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Garissa


Suspected Al-Shabaab militants clashed with security forces in Garissa county on Tuesday, May 19. A gunfight broke out after an improvised explosive device (IED) blast nearly struck a police vehicle on patrol along the Bura-East-Garissa Lappset road. No injuries or fatalities were reported as a result of the incident.

Similar attacks are possible in Garissa county over the near term.


Al-Shabaab has long posed a significant terrorist threat in areas along Kenya's border with Somalia. Since the Kenyan intervention against the group in Somalia in 2011, attacks have regularly been staged on security forces, government interests, and local communities in rural areas of the border counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Lamu. Many of these attacks have involved the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) targeting security forces patrols and civilian vehicles on remote border roads, but police outposts and infrastructure have also frequently been targeted.


Individuals in Garissa county are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Due to various security concerns, many Western governments have advised against travel to a number of regions in the country, including areas bordering Somalia (parts of Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, and Lamu counties), Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Nonessential travel to the city of Mombasa and several Nairobi neighborhoods (including Eastleigh and Pangani) is also advised against.


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