According to local media reports, the Somali Al-Shabaab recently ambushed the Kenya National Defense Forces convoy in Mandela County, the border area between Somalia and Kenya, and Kenyan soldiers killed five militants in the ensuing fierce exchange of fire. The exchange of fire lasted 30 minutes. A security officer from the Kenya Defense Forces also died and two others were injured.
A Kenyan security official said recently that at least three young people from Mandela County had recently crossed the border and joined the Somali Al-Shabaab. The Kenyan security agency is tracking their movements and he urged the parents of the three young people to ask their children to surrender to the Kenyan security agency.