Monday, 4 August 2014

# Al-Qaeda # Boko Haram

Kenyan President Determined to Prevent Nigeria-Type Insurgency

Kenya is determined to do whatever it takes to eradicate al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia to prevent East Africa’s biggest economy from becoming enmeshed in fighting a Nigeria-type insurgency, President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

According to Bloomberg reports, the government is boosting spending on security after decades of “severe underinvestment” and wants to work more closely with the international community to help defeat the threat posed by terrorism, Kenyatta, 52, said in an interview on Aug. 2 at State House in the capital, Nairobi.

He rejected calls by opposition leader Raila Odinga for the withdrawal of Kenyan forces from Somalia because he said it may lead to an onslaught similar to the one by Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria.
“It is those types of actions, pulling out of Somalia, that can ultimately result in a Boko Haram-type of environment in Kenya,” Kenyatta said. “That is what we are determined to ensure doesn’t succeed.”

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