Suspected Al-Shabaab militants launched an attack on the Yumbis Rural Border Patrol Unit (RBPU) in Garissa county on Wednesday evening (local time), July 22. Explosions were reportedly heard at the police post as the militants stormed the camp. Additional security forces have been deployed to the area in response to the attack. It is not clear as of late Wednesday if the fighting in the area has ceased and if there have been casualties.
Further fighting between security forces and militants is expected in the area in the coming hours and days.
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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