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Kenya to delay re-opening Somali border over attacks

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Kenya will delay re-opening its border with Somalia because of a “wave of attacks” the government blames on al-Shabaab militants, Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki said on Wednesday.

In May, Kenya and Somalia agreed to reopen several border posts including Mandera, Liboi, and Kiunga, which have been closed since 2011 when Kenya sent its forces into southern Somalia to help fight al-Shabaab.

Kindiki affirmed that the government will continue to engage with Somalia to develop and implement joint approaches and strategies cutting across social economic and insecurity issues.

His counterpart, Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh Ali said Somalia is committed to promoting and strengthening cooperation with its neighbours to improve security.

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