Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Tuesday warned that Al-Shabaab militants are planning attacks on Kenya.
The police chief said security forces have received reports that the terror group’s fighters are regrouping along the porous Kenya-Somalia border in readiness to carry out attacks.
IG Boinnet pointed out the border areas of Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Lamu counties as possible entry points.
He revealed that some of the militants were hiding in small groups pretending to be herders while plotting to sneak into the country.
The IG expanded in the statement that the Somalia-based group in conjunction with ISIS, plan to attack security personnel and establishments including public service vehicles operating in border towns.
“We have since heightened security alertness to avert any attacks, and equally, appeal to the public to continue cooperating with security agencies and remain vigilant.”
On the issue of terror groups recruiting Kenyan youth online, IG Boinnet said it was a major concern. He said elaborate efforts were being deployed to deal with the attempts of ISIS to indoctrinate Kenyan youths.
In October, a man carrying a knife was shot dead outside the US Embassy in Nairobi after he attacked and injured a Kenyan police officer.
ISIS claimed responsibility, saying the attacker was a soldier who responded to calls to target coalition countries.
The militant group also claimed an attack by three women who tried to torch a police station in Mombasa in September.
ISIS-linked Al-Shabaab has come under pressure in recent months following the United States inclusion of the group among armed groups covered under the legal scope of the war against Al-Qaeda.
Plans to intensify airstrikes are underway with support from the African Union and Somalia’s government defense forces.