The Kenyan government, which is searching for three Kenyans abducted, says it is pursuing three non-Muslims abducted in Mandera, citing the incursion of troops into Gedo region.
According to reports, three non-Muslims were abducted in Mandera, and a bus carrying 54 people was hijacked, believed to be al-Shabaab.
North Eastern Province police commander Bunie Rono said the international security presence to trace the kidnappers.
“We know the three people who were abducted on the bus. The attack was spectacular. We are looking for it. We are working hard and we have to find life,” he told the AP.
The commander acknowledged that it was a mistake for the bus to leave unattended as al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab fighters are active in the area and commit various acts.
Kenyan forces are not peacekeepers and parts of the south into the zone excuses other than to hunt the kidnappers are suspected of Al-Shabaab.
However, tensions remain high in Gedo region with Kenyan forces committing acts of terror and military operations there.