Reportedly, the incident occurred not far from the town of Garissa, near Modika, on the road that leads to the Dadaab refugee camp and then onto the border with Somalia. Two Spanish aid workers, both women, were also recently kidnapped near the refugee camp.
COMMENT: Kenyan forces have now been operating inside Somalia for nearly two weeks without any tangible efforts of either neutralizing al-Shabaab or rescuing three European kidnap victims being held there. While their operation continues, one Kenyan has been killed and 25 injured in four separate attacks on Kenyan targets, causing a serious public relations nightmare for the Government of Kenya, as tourism quickly plummets.
Unfortunately, like a number of other nations who have engaged in military operations inside Somalia in the past, Kenyan forces are discovering that success is ever elusive. Although al-Shabaab has repeatedly said that it was not involved in any kidnappings of foreigners, it nevertheless warned the Kenyan government of retaliation inside Kenya.
Foreign visitors are urged to avoid traveling within 100 miles of the Somalian border.