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BY PSCU/KORIR JUMA,8TH FEB 2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta has heaped praise on the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) for their strategies in fighting Al-Shabaab, saying they have borne fruit after the terror group failed to carry out any major attack in the country over the last two years.
He said the troops in Somalia and those deployed to Boni Forest in Lamu County had been able neutralise the terrorist group’s plans in Kenya and in the region.
Speaking during the passing-out parade at the military Recruits Training School in Eldoret, the President said KDF’s presence in the two places has made the country safer.
“Our engagements have indeed degraded Al-Shabaab’s ability to attack in Kenya and elsewhere,” he said.
He said he is keen on protecting Kenya from any aggression by the group.
“Part of my duty as the commander-in-chief is protection of Kenyans and preservation of Kenya’s integrity under the Constitution that is why I continue to laud the efforts of the Kenya Defence Forces in their fight against terrorism in Somalia and closer to home as part of the multi-agency force currently in Boni Forest,” he added.
Kenya sent its troops to Somalia in 2011 following persistent attacks and kidnappings by Al-Shabaab militants.
Since then the group has successfully carried occasional attacks in Kenya although most have been restricted to counties bordering Somalia, the last being at Garissa University College in 2015 where 148 people were killed by gunmen linked to the militants.