Tension as Somalia deploys soldiers to Mandera border

Somalia National ArmySomalia National Army soldiers at Bulahawa town on May 11, 2016. The Somalia National Army (SNA)

Tension is high in Mandera after the Somalia National Army (SNA) was deployed to the common border.

This comes a few hours after Somalia announced it was cutting diplomatic ties with Kenya.

Residents on Tuesday reported seeing several Somalia military officers along the border.

Residents started fleeing their homes after SNA went ahead to place technical vehicles at Border Point Three.

The arrival of the Somali military officers was confirmed by a senior security officer in Mandera who sort anonymity.

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“We have information about what is happening along the border but that is an issue that will be decided by higher offices in Nairobi,” the source said.

On Tuesday, Somali Minister for Information Osman Dubbe announced on national TV early that his country was cutting diplomatic ties with Kenya.

Dubbe accused Kenya “constantly interfered” with Somalia’s internal affairs and that Nairobi was mocking Somalia’s sovereignty.

The announcement came as President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Somaliland President Muse Bihi in Nairobi.

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