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A parliamentary committee investigating the Westgate Mall attack claimed that security agencies in the border town of Mandera have given over control to Shabaab. Discrepancies were found in the testimony of a police officer who claimed he killed a terrorist during the Westgate Mall siege.
Security forces are on alert following reports that Shabaab is planning to attack various targets across the country. Kenyan defense spending will rise to US $5.5 billion by 2018, with dramatic equipment procurements expected.
Shabaab is targeting youth in the refugee camps of Dadaab and Kamuka on the Somali-Kenyan border in an attempt to bolster its numbers. Shabaab's Kenyan affiliate, al Hijra, is radicalizing youth and preaching against what it calls an anti-Islam campaign across East Africa.
The high incidence of extremism in Mombasa's young Muslim community is being blamed on poverty and marginalization. Two churches in predominantly Muslim areas on the outskirts of Mombasa were attacked with petrol bombs on Christmas Day.
British tourists escaped harm when a grenade thrown at their bus near Mombasa failed to explode. A parliamentary committee said that security lapses and corruption had helped to make Shabaab's attack on the Westgate Mall possible.
Police and intelligence services have been criticized by a parliamentary committee for failings in the lead-up to the Westgate attack. Gunmen killed a Muslim preacher traveling from Mombasa to Ukunda.
A suspect has been accused of planning the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi. Police have arrested a number of radical Muslim youth who attempted to forcefully take over a mosque in Mombasa. Those arrested are believed to be sympathizers of the slain Sheikh Aboud Rogo.
Bail has been denied to four Somali men accused of aiding the Westgate attackers, providing support and shelter to the gunmen, and using false documents. In Moyale the Gabra-Borana conflict has intensified along the border with Ethiopia. In Mombasa, Muslim leaders are meeting to discuss the growing threat of youth radicalization.
Authorities believe Shabaab has significant infrastructure in Garissa. Most Somali refugees are against leaving Kenya, and less than 100 have registered at the UNHCR office despite the creation of a voluntary repatriation framework.
Shabaab warned Kenya of impending terrorist attacks, in the latest edition of its English-Swahili magazine. A Kenyan Muslim human rights group accused antiterrorism police of unlawful killings. Police detained a suspected Shabaab recruiter in Nyeri. Interior Secretary Lenku announced plans to install CCTV cameras along the Somali border to prevent Shabaab infiltration.
Authorities have confirmed that all four of the attackers at Nairobi's Westgate mall have been identified. Reports indicate that the Shabaab gunmen trained in Somalia and crossed into Kenya in June before carrying out the attack. A Western official privy to the investigation said the four had a "local support network" in Kenya, and that they had previously traveled abroad.