Deputy President William Ruto Sunday said that security officers have killed more than 100 people believed to have been involved in the Mandera bus attack on Saturday.
Mr Ruto said that Kenyan forces pursued the terrorists across the border into Somalia.
Those killed, Mr Ruto said, are suspected to have been responsible for the killing of 28 passengers on a Nairobi bound bus from Mandera.
“Our security responded swiftly. They identified, followed and struck the perpetrators of the heinous crime.
“Two operations were carried out against the perpetrators across the border. Our retaliatory action left more than 100 fatalities and four camps were destroyed,” he said.
He was flanked by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and his Principal Secretary Ms Monica Juma, Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo and the Head of Public Service, Mr Joseph Kinyua.
However, the top government officials did not provide any evidence of the killings.
The DP said that there is no connection between the Mandera attack and the on-going operation to weed out radical youths from mosques in Mombasa.
“We have not taken over any mosque. Any place of worship that is being used to plan, train terrorists and store arms will be treated as a scene of crime. We shall not relent in our fight to clean up these mosques,” Mr Ruto said.
He admitted Mandera Governor Ali Roba had warned of increased terrorist attacks.All police officers based in Nairobi, Mombasa and parts of North Eastern, who were on leave, were recalled following fears that there would be attacks on churches.
In Nairobi, officers were stationed at Uhuru Park, the Globe Cinema roundabout, Valley Road, and parts of Westlands.
On Saturday, top security personnel held a lengthy meeting at Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo’s office.Deputy Inspector-General of Police Grace Kaindi sent a circular to all police stations instructing all commanders to be alert.
As security is beefed up, reports have emerged that junior police officers are threatening to abandon their duties if they are deployed to high risk zones.