The al-Shabaab terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi last month has galvanized Kenya and Somalia to form a joint task force for inter-agency security collaboration between the two countries.

According to security analysts, for al-Shabaab to have the logistical capability to launch such a deadly strike at a shopping mall in the heart of Kenya’s capital, it is a clear demonstration that the militant group is not confined to Somalia, but is a dangerous group that requires the pooling of human, technological and financial resources from both countries to contain it.

“The terrorism problem has ballooned into a regional crisis and it calls for a sustained synergy among various security agencies,” said Jaw Kitiku, a retired Kenyan army colonel and the executive director of Security Research and Information Centre in Nairobi.


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