Kenyan troops have crossed into Somalia to pursue islamist rebel group Al Shabaab who are believed have kidnapped foreign aid workers in Kenya.
Witnesses in a town near the border reported seeing a large number of soldiers, military planes and helicopters.
The radical Somali group is accused of taking four Europeans and killing one other since September. The most recent incident involves the disappearance of two Spanish females who were working for humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres at a refugee camp.
Now the Kenyan government says it will take decisive action against the danger posed by the Somali rebels. Speaking at a press conference, Kenyan Minister of Internal Security George Saitoti said: “For the first time our country is threatened with the most serious level of terrorism.”
Al Shabaab are fighting to overthrow the government, and while their insurgency continues, it is likely the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Somalia’s famine will suffer more as aid workers stay away.