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More Roadblocks Placed In Important Highways As Al-Shabaab Attacks Is Feared

After the al-Shabaab terror group attacked the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) post in Middle Shabele district, southwest of Mogadishu, killing at least ten peacekeepers, Kenyan security authorities have heightened their readiness.

Two large explosions, thought to be car bombs, hit the ATMIS military base hosting Burundi troops, according to witnesses, followed by a fierce exchange of gunfire between the militants and Burundi forces.

The attack at El Baraf on May 3 was claimed by Al-Shabaab.Twenty al-Shabaab militants were also killed, according to Burundi state television, in a raid on a camp near the village of El Baraf in central Somalia.

After attacks, the African Union and troop-contributing countries such as Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia usually do not provide casualty figures.The organization is suspected of planning an attack against Kenya.

"We understand they may try to attack targets in Kenya when Ramadan ends and rains are experienced in the northern portions," a source familiar with the planning said.

As part of measures to thwart the terror group's objectives, the official claimed they had strengthened surveillance at the main border.They're also employing intelligence to keep tabs on the gang's operations both here and in Somalia.

"We're aware of the pattern, and we've been notified that there are moves approaching the border, so we're on high alert."To address the fears,more roadblocks have been placed in the region.The two military commanders talked about a variety of topics, including strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation.

Kenya and the United States have a bilateral defense cooperation and will continue to collaborate on security issues to combat the danger of violent extremist groups.

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